Why Do Satellites Not Collide In Space?

12 March 2019, 13:01 | Updated: 12 March 2019, 14:36

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Is there a system to stop space collisions?

Mystery Hour Question

Why do satellites not collide in space?

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Name: Gary, Portsmouth

Qualifications: Worked for first commercial satellite operation in the UK

Answer: An intergovernmental organisationcalled IntelSat decides where all satellites are placed. As satellites must be placed in a certain place in the atmosphere in order to reach a certain place on Earth, it also depends on worldwide demand for that atmospheric space.