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European Space Agency forced to take evasive action with satellite

Satellite on magnetic field mission forced to avoid debris with only hours’ notice

The European Space Agency has reported having to alter the planned path of a scientific satellite with only a few hours’ notice, to avoid debris in what is becoming a growing problem for space actors.

On 30 June, Esa took evasive action to save the alpha satellite of a mission to study the Earth’s magnetic field, called Swarm, with just eight hours’ notice.

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