House might sound an empty, huge expanse, however satellites in Earth’s orbit face the fixed threat of collision – with different satellites, lifeless or alive, or with fragments of debris.
It’s now routine for operators of spacecraft in busy highways to divert their mission out of harms means. The truth is at ESA, every mission flown performs on common two ‘collision avoidance manoeuvres’ per 12 months.
These manoeuvres are expensive. Hours are spent on the bottom monitoring the skies, calculating the danger and planning manoeuvres, to not point out the additional gasoline spent and missed science and knowledge collected whereas devices are turned off.
Discover out extra in the joint ESA-UN podcast that narrates this space debris infographic collection, with Benjamin Bastida Virgili and Hazuki Mori.