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Simulation of an explosion in GEO (after 2 days)
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- Title Simulation of an explosion in GEO (after 2 days)
- Released 10/04/2008 3:49 pm
- Copyright ESA
What happens after an explosion in space? A geostationary satellite has a velocity of about 3 kms/second (11,000 kms/hour). The fragments are ejected with a much lower velocity and thus stay close to the initial orbit. However, some will travel a bit faster and others a bit slower. Within a few days the debris cloud will form a diffuse ring at 36,000 km altitude around the Earth.