A new video has revealed there are 26,000 human-made items of space junk orbiting earth including 200 superspreaders that could break into thousands of pieces.
The AstriaGraph is a near real-time map of each object in space. And this space junk is made up of 26,000 satellites, rockets and lumps of metallic rubbish that no longer work.
More worryingly, the new technology has pinpointed 200 ‘super spreaders’, large rocket bodies that could smash into thousands of pieces, creating a chain of explosions and collisions.
And Prof Moriba Jah who created the AstriaGraph is worried those ‘ticking time bombs’ could smash into some satellites still in use. Which in turn could take down our internet, phones, GPS, weather predictions and more.
You can see just how much junk is floating around space right now in the video above. Orange is for an active satellite and blue is for inactive satellites. Space debris is grey and anything uncategorized is pink.
To put that into context, only around 3,000 satellites are currently in use. And with Elon Musk and Amazon planning on putting hundreds more into orbit in the near future, the problem is only going to get worse.
Kessler demonstrated that once the amount of debris in a particular orbit reaches critical mass, collisions would keep happening. And when that occurs, it could take down a lot of the working satellites. And even make launching new satellites or rockets impossible.
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