|[February 13, 2013]
Space Data Association: Asteroid DA14 poses no threat to satellites
ISLE OF MAN --(Business Wire)--
Space Data Association (SDA), established by commercial satellite
operators to improve the safety and efficiency of space operations,
today announced the results of its analysis related to the imminent
approach of the DA14 asteroid, concluding that there are no satellites
threatened by the asteroid. A comparison between the asteroid trajectory
and the public space catalog shows that DA14 will come no closer than
1,000 km to any space object, and will not threaten any operational
objects or create debris in any orbit. Additionally, n analysis of SDA
participating satellites, GPS and GLONASS, shows that DA14 will come no
closer than 5,630 km to any of those operational satellites. For
reference, satellite operators are normally concerned with uncoordinated
flybys of less than 10 km.
"There is no reason to believe that this asteroid poses a threat to any
satellites in Earth orbit," said Dr. T.S. Kelso, Space Data Center
Operations Manager for SDA. "In fact, of all the ways for an asteroid to
pass between Earth and the geostationary belt, we are fortunate that
DA14 will follow one of the safest possible routes."
The Space Data Association Limited (SDA) is a non-profit international
association of satellite operators that supports the controlled,
reliable and efficient sharing of data critical to the safety and
integrity of the space environment and the RF spectrum. It maintains the
Space Data Center, a database of high-accuracy orbital information,
which is operated by Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) of Exton, PA.
Established in the Isle of Man, its executive members are Eutelsat (News - Alert),
Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES. The SDA is open to all satellite operators
and other participants. Membership information can be found at www.space-data.org.
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