In a report released on Friday, the European Space Agency (ESA) counted more than 30,000 space debris in Earth’s orbit that were identified and regularly monitored by monitoring networks. The European Space Agency’s 2022 report, which records 30,920 debris in Earth’s orbit, highlights the amount of space debris keeps increasing.
According to the report, more and more satellites are being launched into space, that is, groups of small communications satellites, and a few of the “heavily crowded” low Earth orbit are removed after their mission ends.
According to the European Space Agency, there are 8,300 satellites in space, of which 5,400 are active. Many satellites should be too swerved Of the objects (missiles, spaceships, satellites …) launched several decades ago and fragmented. In April, one of the satellites of the European Earth Observation Program Copernicus had to perform a maneuver to avoid collision with a fragment of a missile launched 30 years ago.
The European Space Agency report estimates the number of ruptures, explosions, collisions or anomalous events that led to the fragmentation at more than 630. Not all space debris is indexed and tracked. Based on statistical models, the European Space Agency estimates that there are 36,500 debris larger than 10 cm, over a million with a size between 1 and 10 cm and 130 million with 1 millimeter to 1 cm in size.
The ClearSpace-1 mission is scheduled to launch in 2025, and will be the first dedicated ESA mission remove space junkin this case a missile piece sent in 2013.
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