April 21, 2007

CHINA JUNKS SPACE DEBRIS MEETING:

China has canceled the hosting of the 25th meeting of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC).

The China National Space Administration was slated to host the IADC April 23-26 at the China Academy of Space Technology in Beijing.

The IADC is a confab of countries that, in a governmental forum, discusses worldwide coordination of activities related to issues of human-made and natural debris in space.

On January 11, China created the largest debris cloud of satellite fragments in Earth orbit after they destroyed their own weather satellite in an anti-satellite test.

The April issue of NASA’s Orbital Debris Quarterly News labels the Chinese ASAT test as creating the most severe orbital debris cloud in history.

I guess they figured nobody was going to say anything good about them anyway . . . .

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