WASHINGTON, (BM) – A container from the Russian Frigate-SB booster block exploded in space on May 8, resulting in 65 debris, the 18th US Air Force Space Control Squadron said on its Twitter page, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the US military, the incident occurred on May 8 between 7.02 and 8.51 Moscow time, while the explosion was not caused by a container collision with another object.
The collapsed container is numbered 37756 in the U.S. military catalog of space objects and the international designation 2011-037B.
According to data posted on the specialized website of the US Air Force space-track.org, before the explosion, the object was in orbit with a minimum height of 422 kilometers and a maximum of 3606 kilometers.
Whether debris threatens existing satellites is not specified.
This object is a toroidal discharged block of tanks of the “Frigate-SB” booster block, which, when the satellite is put into orbit, is separated after fuel is consumed.
The container was used in July 2011 for delivery to space of the Spectrum-R observatory.
The Eighteenth US Air Force Space Control Squadron is engaged in the detection, tracking and identification of all artificial objects in low Earth orbit.
In April 2019, a representative of TsNIImash, Yuri Kolyuk, reported that since 1961, about 250 destruction of space objects have been recorded in orbit. According to him, they occurred either as a result of explosions, or after a collision with other objects.
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