RE: now 14,000 objects being tracked?

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Fri Feb 02 2007 - 17:48:10 EST

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    Ed Cannon wrote:
    > This February 1 ABC news story, "China's Space-Weapon Test 
    > Could Endanger Astronauts and Satellites", says that there 
    > are now 14,000 objects being tracked.
    The article does state, "The U.S. Air Force was already tracking almost 14,000
    objects in orbit.", but that almost certainly refers to the situation prior to
    China's ASAT test. 
    The 14,000 figure most likely includes those objects listed as in orbit in
    USSTRATCOM's official satellite catalogue, plus several thousand objects which
    are being tracked, but cannot be matched to their originating launch, called
    uncorrelated targets.
    Ted Molczan
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