MOSCOW, April 14. /TASS/. The US-made Starlink satellite group and the UK-made OneWeb group will turn into uncontrollable garbage in about a decade, says an article by Gerbert Yefremov, chief designer at NPO Mashinostroyeniya and honorary academician of the Tsiolkovsky Russian Academy of Cosmonautics.
There are currently over 2,000 Starlink satellites currently in the orbit and over 400 OneWeb satellites.
"In a decade, these spacecraft will fail, become simply uncontrollable garbage and create an unprecedented cluttering of narrow orbital layers with space garbage with uncontrollable growth of collisions," Yefremov noted.
He underscored that, at the same time, the satellite groups will be replenished with new spacecraft, which will only increase the number of objects in the orbit.
The chief designer provided the collision of the Russian Kosmos-2251 spacecraft and the US-made Iridium 33 satellite, which happened in 2009 at an altitude of 788 kilometers. According to Yefremov, the collision created over 600 catalogued shards with many more unaccounted for.