Debris from fragmented satellites accounts for 37% of trackable space objects arriving in orbit in past two years: NASA

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Some 2,900 pieces of orbital debris large enough to be identified by the U.S. Space Surveillance Network and entered into the Satellite Catalog have been released into orbit in the two years ending last March 31 from satellite fragmentations, NASA found.

During the same period, 4,298 satellites were launched, most of them SpaceX Starlink broadband-deliver satellites in low Earth orbit.

The NASA Orbital Debris Program Office keeps its own internal database based on the US Satellite Catalog . . .

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