Space debris and Kessler syndrome

(ORDO NEWS) — Space debris , which appeared as a result of human activities, is a global problem, the gravity of which you are aware of right now.

So, today in the near-Earth space there is:

  • About 130 million objects ranging in size from one millimeter to one centimeter. Of these, about 20 million are in low Earth orbit (LEO), up to 2,000 kilometers above our planet’s surface;
  • About 900,000 objects 1-10 centimeters in size. Of these, 500,000 for LEO;
  • About 34,000 objects larger than 10 centimeters. Of these, 24,000 are in LEO.

The Kessler syndrome (effect) is a theoretical development of events in LEO, when the impact of space debris on orbiters (including the ISS) leads to a domino effect: objects mutually destroy each other, generating new debris fragments that lead to the destruction of other objects.

This chain reaction is capable of generating a massive cloud of fragments that will forever cut humanity off from space. Even the launch of satellites will be impossible.


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