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18 SPCS
confirmed that the breakup of FREGAT DEB (TANK) (#37756, 2011-037B) occurred on May 8, 2020, between 0402 and 0551 UTC. Tracking 65 associated pieces – no indication caused by collision.
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Jonathan McDowell May 9
Replying to @18SPCS @Itzalpean
Wasn't there a previous breakup of this object on 2015 Aug 4 at 1430Z, according to 18SPCS back then?
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anik May 9
I wonder if there was breakup in 2015 then where are debris? I see only 4 debris registered soon after launch with numbers 37757, 37759-37761. As per orbits it seems they were associated with Zenit’s second stage.
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Peter Fattore May 9
Replying to @18SPCS
Interesting! Found some info: Launched 2011-07-17 and is still very high up there: Mean Altitude of 2021.5 km
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Thomas Womack May 9
Replying to @peterfnet @18SPCS
That’s odd: it was the booster for RadioAstron which went into an ultra-high orbit, why is its Fregat in the 400-2000 transfer orbit?
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Joe Stanton May 9
Replying to @18SPCS
Just watched Gravity again.
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Peter Fattore May 11
Replying to @cayucosine @18SPCS
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Tomas Svitek May 9
Replying to @18SPCS
This is exactly why the recently proposed FCC orbital debris mitigation rules are not effective and may be, in fact, counterproductive. Most recent OD mitigation proposals are not based on data, but rather perceptions and emotions. Never a good rationale for creating new rules
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Slick May 9
Replying to @Tomas_Stellar @18SPCS
I’m confused, what exactly are you arguing? That we shouldn’t put new OD mitigation measures in place because debris from a previous launch broke up and is not believed to have been caused by a collision?
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Юрій Омельчук May 11
Replying to @18SPCS
The Russians apparently drilled a hole again. Alcoholism will not lead to good 😁.
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