Crash to Earth satellite weighing two tonnes

Tracks the fall U.S. Strategic Command

The site U.S. Strategic Command appeared chilling message: "On 19 December, the Earth may soon fall remote sensing satellite" Kosmos-1484 ". The linear dimensions of the satellite about 12 meters, weight — 2500 kg. October 26 apogee of the orbit is 321.7 kilometers and perigee — 312.5 kilometers. " It was launched back in the Soviet Union from the Baikonur Cosmodrome July 24, 1983.

According to a U.S. expert Philip Clarke (Phillip Clark), ten years ago — October 18, 1993 — on the satellite exploded battery. And the U.S. military tracked the 48 fragments of the satellite, which has already entered the atmosphere. They were small and no one and nothing to cause serious damage in the fall to Earth. What part of the 2.5-ton unit will enter the atmosphere in December — is unclear.

Experts comments

The representative of the Press and Information of the Ministry of Defence to the troops of aerospace defense, Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin assured "KP", that "it is an ordinary event."

— We are not commenting on the U.S. Strategic Command. We have our own means of space surveillance. Specialists Forces Aerospace Defense continuous monitoring and analysis of incoming information about the space environment.

If confirmed, the information about the possibility of convergence of the space object on the Earth's surface, the experts Troops ASD spend the necessary calculations proposed date, time and place of fall of space objects that are not burned in the dense layers of the atmosphere. This information established procedures available to interested consumers.

The convergence of various space objects from orbit to the earth's surface is fairly chasto.Obychno space objects burn up in the dense layers of the atmosphere. Before the land can reach the outskirts small pieces that will not jeopardize the population.

REFERENCE "KP"

"Kosmos-1484" — one of a series of famous Soviet satellites belonging to the category of so-called man-made, which were primarily designed for technical, scientific and other research within the near-Earth space. His second name — "Resource-MA." This satellite was based on satellite series "Meteor" is used for operational monitoring of the Earth's surface. At its base was further established satellite "Resource-O1". However, the satellite could not be used as intended due to a failure in the system orientation.

Originally "Kosmos-1484", launched by rocket "Lightning", was launched into orbit with a perigee of 595 kilometers and an apogee of 673 kilometers.

Category: Astronomy and Space

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