Two Satellites Could Crash High Above Pittsburgh

There is a 1 in 100 chance it happens

Andrew Limberg
January 28, 2020 - 12:36 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - There is a slight chance two decommissioned satellites will collide high about the skies of Pittsburgh Wednesday.

According to space debris tracker Leo Labs, and a decommissioned telescope launched in 1983 and an experimental US payload launched in 1967 will pass close to each other.

The two satellites, a little under 560 above the earth, will pass within meters of each other at a rate of 9 miles per second. That's according to Leo Labs.

That space debris tracking company is hoping for a near-miss, but says there is a 1 in 100 chance those two satellites crash into each other just after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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