100 Million Waste Threatens Space Satellite

More than 100 523 000 space junk from the size of more than one millimeter (mm) to more than 10 centimeters (cm) produced since over the last 50 years increasingly threatening the existence of the satellite to the space station.
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"With the increased activity in space, the higher the possibility of collisions in space occurred in the presence of the space junk," said Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance United State Frank A Rose in discussions Three minuters of Darkness over Indonesia in @ America , Jakarta, Friday (26/2).

He said the radar-owned The US Join Space Operations Center (JSpOC) successfully tracked more than 23,000 space junk the size of a softball or larger than 10 cm, as well as over 500,000 managed to track space junk measuring more than one centimeter, and 100 million more space junk with larger sizes up to one mm.

A wide variety of space junk, according to Rose, in space, ranging from a toothbrush, a former rocket, former space shuttle, until the satellite is no longer active. All together rotating around the earth with satellites that are still active up to the space station.

In 2007, he said China's test satellites and generate 3000 fragment size above 10 cm are expected to be in space for hundreds of years. And in 2009, a significant incident occurs in a vacuum chamber is currently destroyed the Russian satellite Iridium 33 was hit by a Russian Cosmos 2251 satellite others that are inactive.

"Space junk is obviously going to be a threat to the system keantariksaan many countries, even the last few years hundreds of instances where the space junk trial results in 2000 is getting closer to the satellites of their own," said Rose.

He said that currently there are about 60 countries, private institutions, colleges in the world to operate the satellite, and the number reached more than 100 units with an assortment of orbit.

The existence of space technology in space, according to him, has given the progress and benefits for human life on earth.
Cooperation between the state and the private sector in the use of this technology is vital for economic progress and security on earth.

Utilization of space technology ranging from disaster early warning systems, navigation facilities for transportation, global access to finance or banking, and various other important activities on earth.

"Even the technology into an outer space is very important, including to Indonesia, which has thousands of islands. But now, only we know these systems have drawbacks after several decades turns littering outer space, "he said.
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