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Thursday, Feb 12, 2009

Two satellites have collided in space for the first time, sending out a massive cloud of debris, according to the US military.

The crash, which took place in low-earth orbit, involved a privately-owned US communications satellite and a defunct Russian satellite.

“We believe it is the first time that two satellites have collided in orbit,” said Air Force Colonel Les Kodlick of the US Strategic Command.


He added that the debris created by the crash was creating potential problems for space operations.

The US satellite was a craft owned by Iridium Satellite LLC, which said customers using satellite phones may experience brief outages until a fix had been put in place by Friday.

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