ISS averted three deadly crash risks in 2022

United States: Three collision avoidance manoeuvres (CAM) were scheduled for the International Space Station (ISS) in 2022. During collision avoidance manoeuvres, the space station in orbit fires its engines to move away from approaching space objects. The orbiting space station has carried out 29 debris avoidance manoeuvres since its launch in 1999 and will continue to do so until May 2021.

The ISS circles the Earth once every 90 minutes at an average speed of 402 kilometres per hour. The orbiting station is continuously in danger from space debris, which can be any size cosmic object, because it is docked in space. Fortunately, the station can avoid these risks thanks to monitoring systems.

He added that the US Space Force was keeping track of the orbital paths of more than 47,000 pieces of space debris (each larger than 10 cm) and monitoring them for any potential collision danger.

Given that a bullet travels at ten times the speed of this object, one can imagine the outcome of such a collision.

The space station has to steer clear of space junk on average once every year, according to NASA’s official blog. The International Space Station (ISS) will typically move away from an object if the likelihood of a collision is greater than 1 in 10,000, according to the space agency.