Russian, U.S. satellites collide in space

Thursday, 12 February 2009
Iridium SatelliteA Russian and a US satellite collided with each other last night over Siberia. Officials are still trying to figure out what happened or if the debris now floating around in space are going to cause further damage to other satellites.

What is the connection to the outdoor industry you ask? Well the second satellite was owned by Iridium which is one of the other major providers of satellite phone service to explorers, geologists, and globetrotting sailors world wide.

The company said the loss of the satellite was causing brief, occasional outages in its service and that it expected to have the problem fixed later today. Iridium will replace the lost satellite with one of its eight in-orbit spares sometime over the next 30 days.

On a related note, here is your little fun fact of the day: Then President, Al Gore made the very first Iridium phone call on November 1, 1998. Now you are smarter then your neighbour in the cubical beside you.

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David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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