Avoiding collisions

ASCA, japan spacecraft, also known as ASTRO-D (source NASA)

Amid the news reports today about the collision between British and French nuclear submarines in the Arctic recently, my mind goes to a recent story about two satellites that collided in space. You can read the story here.

While the submarine crash can be blamed on human error, no such excuse attaches to the satellites. There are no rules at present to govern the way in which different countries and companies launch satellites into orbit, and as the use of space is increasingly important for the technologies upon which we rely, space is going to get more and more crowded.

If there is no means of keeping order, there will be more crashes.

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