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Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 satellite collision

On February 10, 2009, the Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 communications satellites collided, spreading nearly two tons of debris across an 800km (500 mile) area of space above our planet. The low-earth orbit (LEO) location of the collision contains many other active satellites that could be at risk from the resulting orbital debris.

The U.S. Air Force and NASA are developing a new collision avoidance and tracking system using our object-oriented database management solution, Objectivity/DB, as the data-engine to track virtually unlimited numbers of objects of even the smallest size that can be detected today, helping plot and anticipate all the trajectories and possible collision points of those objects — in near real-time.