Debris believed to have come from a space communication program has crashed down at a walnut farm in California, with…
Debris believed to have come from a space communication program has crashed down at a walnut farm in California, with investigators working on the idea that it came from a recently decommissioned satellite launched in the 1990s.
When coal-fired metal fragments were found by a fruit breeder in Hanford, investigators from the Kings County Police Department were sent to the scene puzzled. Then they turned their attention to a nearby aerodrome.
According to local news, the metal clump – similar to a burned helmet – confirmed that it is a fuel tank of the authorities at the Vandenberg Air Force Base. The facility has hosted the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket.
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But Rubbish is not from Elon Musk-based space company. In fact, the fuel tank returns to an Iridium satellite sent to space long ago since 1
998, Kron 4 reported news.
A spokesman for the communications company said the remains seem to have come from Iridium 70, a decommissioned satellite whose parts can still be some of the millions of pieces of artificial trash that have existed around our planet in space.
The garbage will be sent to Iridium’s headquarters for analysis.
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Iridium is currently undergoing a review of its space network and has now successfully sent seven of an eight NEXT- satellite constellation in circulation via SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The terrestrial satellites are used for broadband and real-time aircraft monitoring, and the last Iridium Next satellite will be launched in December.
RT.com has reached the Iridium and Kings County Sheriff’s Department for further comment.
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