Debris Items

KOSMOS 2251

Posted on November 10, 2020

At 16:56 UTC on 10 February 2009, it collided with Iridium 33 (1997-051C), an Iridium satellite, in the first major collision of two satellites in Earth orbit. The Iridium satellite, which was operational at the time of the collision, was destroyed, as was Kosmos-2251. NASA reported that a large amount of debris was produced by the collision.

FENGYUN-1C

Posted on November 9, 2020

A China weather satellite—the FY-1C polar orbit satellite of the Fengyun series, at an altitude of 865 km, was destroyed by a kinetic kill vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.