NASA says near miss between SpaceX, object in orbit was a false alarm

by Joel Abbott · Apr 26th, 2021 3:27 pm

Last Updated Apr 28th, 2021 at 7:25 pm

NASA said its launch to the International Space Station on Friday nearly involved an orbital collision with debris, but the space agency later said the alleged incident was a false alarm.

The four NASA astronauts onboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule were ordered into their spacesuits shortly after reaching orbit, with U.S. Space Command believing an object was going to come close to the craft.

On Monday, Space Command said the warning had come as a result of an error that is under review.

"We quickly realized this was a reporting error and that there was never a collision threat because there was no object at risk of colliding with the capsule," said Lt. Col. Erin Dick of Space Command.

🔦The potential collision was first flagged by Space Command's 18th Space Control Squadron, which tracks more than 32,000 objects in orbit, some as small as four inches across.


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