Satellite Traffic Collision between Iridium and Russian Satellites

Two satellites had a fender bender in space.  Both satellites were totaled out and are expected to be towed back to earth by gravity. 

An iridium satellite collided with a Russian satellite launched in 1993.  The Russian satellite has not operated in approximately 10 years.  Iridium satellites are typically low orbit communications satellites, which leads me to speculate that the non-functional Russian satellite might have been in a more rapid orbital decay.

The Russian satellite weighed over a ton (slightly more than a car) and the Iridium satellite weighed in at over a 1,000 pounds or about as much as a very large Harley Davidson.

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