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The Russian system of space control (SCCP) found eight cases of destruction of spacecraft in Earth orbit in 2018, although previously, few cases are reported in the abstract of the report of the experts of the Main centre for the exploration of outer space Space forces, VKS, presented at the conference “Space debris: fundamental and practical aspects of the threat.”
“In connection with the foregoing, the task of ensuring the safety of Russian spacecraft in orbit in the prevailing conditions in the next decade may be very difficult,” — experts say.
The report notes that in 2015 the global number of start-UPS has doubled, and by the end of 2018 SCCP was accompanied by more than 8 thousand near-earth objects, of which only 2.5 thousand were functioning satellites.
According to Space center Johnson (United States), as of December 31, 2014 in earth orbit is 16 906 of objects, among which 3881 — current and non-working satellites. Leads in the number of garbage Russia (including the USSR) 6351 object, in the second place USA (5038 units), the third China (3756 objects).
According to TsNIIMash (Russia), to the same time in earth orbit is 17, 119 facilities, including 1321 current spacecraft. While 6260 objects belong to Russia, 4555 — USA, 3632 — China. U.S. leaders among existing spacecraft (417 objects), in second place — Russia (130 spacecraft), and the third — China (129 objects).
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