According to Leo Labs, a space debris tracking system, two satellites may have collided over Pittsburgh on Wednesday, local time, according tomedia. LeoLabs said in a post on Twitter Monday that the retired space telescope IRAS (13777), launched in 1983, and the U.S. experimental payload GGSE-4 (2828), launched in 1967, will pass at a relative speed of 14.7 km/s.
The company said it was monitoring the method, and its latest indicators showa-off distances between 15 and 30 meters. LeoLabs points out that given the size of the IRAS (3.6 m x 3.24m x 2.05m), the chance of a collision increases to some extent, about 1/100.
LeoLabs wrote on Twitter: “This incident highlights the need to responsibly and timely take satellites out of orbit for the sake of sustainable development in space. We will continue to follow this incident and provide updates in the coming days. “