Re: What if North Korea's 2nd long-range rocket this year also fails
Originally Posted by La Fontaine
"May collide with other orbiting vehicles" - this one sent me laughing all the way. You should know how tiny and minute this one is compared with the enormous 3D space around the globe. Even in the "SMALL" narrow equatorial geostationary orbit, the space is still huge to accommodate as many satellite as we wish, with their extended solar panels and antennae.
Happened many times mostly minor ones, the last major incident involved Iridium 33 (1997-051C / 24946) smashing into Kosmos 2251 (1993-036A / 22675) at a relative orbital velocity between 35,000 to 40,000 km/hr with a kinetic energy of several dozen megajoules per kilogram of mass (MJ/kg).
Only could get worse with Kessler syndrome worsening.