AA | Tuesday, June 01, 2021 – 17:42 | Last Updated : 01 06 2021 – 17:42
It has been reported that the robotic arm used to anchor the cargo and personnel shuttles on the International Space Station (ISS) to the main module was damaged as a result of the impact of a piece of space debris.
In the statement made by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), it was stated that a 35-centimeter diameter hole was drilled in the elbow part of the robotic arm called “Canadarm2”, which the agency produced and carried out its operations remotely.
The statement said, “The analysis shows that the damage affects one of the joints of the arm and its thermal sheath. The damage will not affect the performance of the arm.” statements were included.
Orbiting space debris poses risk to ISS and satellites
According to data obtained from radar tracking systems, approximately 23,000 man-made objects larger than 10 centimeters are circulating uncontrollably in Earth orbit. The parts left behind from phased launch rockets, pieces from satellites and telescopes, the remains of artificial objects colliding in orbit, and even things dropped by astronauts and cosmonauts on the ISS during spacewalks are added to the orbiting debris pile.
On the other hand, it is estimated that more than 500 thousand pieces between 1 centimeter and 10 centimeters, which cannot be tracked with radar, move around the Earth.
Most of the space debris is located in “Low Earth Orbit”, which describes the vacuum of space at altitudes up to 2,000 kilometers from the earth. Most of the Earth observation and service satellites and the International Space Station are located in this orbital region.
Objects, large and small, moving at speeds exceeding 35 thousand kilometers per hour, pose a life-threatening danger to astronauts and cosmonauts serving on the ISS, as well as potentially damaging satellites and vehicles that are active.