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Less than 1km.  The article says some estimates had collision risks as high as 44%, but hat seems high considering we waited until 2009 for the first hypervelocity accident.

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Non-maneuverable?  That should mean either "space junk", or "mostly space junk that still has some communication but is otherwise dead".  Although I could be wrong and these are high enough that they can't be simply de-orbited, nor have a handy "graveyard orbit".

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10 hours ago, Findthepin1 said:

can't load the page. How close are they supposed to get?

Too early. Probably something with your net provider.

9 hours ago, wumpus said:

Non-maneuverable?  That should mean either "space junk", or "mostly space junk that still has some communication but is otherwise dead".  Although I could be wrong and these are high enough that they can't be simply de-orbited, nor have a handy "graveyard orbit".

He-he. Welcome the future cubesats and other mini junk. Propulsion is too expensive for schoolsats.

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Looks like they missed.

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The Joint Space Operations Center issued a notification that the close approach of two non-maneuverable satellites did not result in a collision: “The close approach predicted at 21:53:00 UTC on 7 Jan 2017 has passed without incident. The JSpOC has confirmed that both satellites are being tracked as single objects, indicating that no collision has occurred.”

from spaceflight101

Edited by rudi1291

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They were probably on rails, so they'd pass right through each other.

EDIT: Also:

Update: High-Risk Satellite Conjunction passes without Incident

Edited by 5thHorseman

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42 minutes ago, 5thHorseman said:

They were probably on rails, so they'd pass right through each other.

EDIT: Also:

Update: High-Risk Satellite Conjunction passes without Incident

I wonder what would have happened if they did collide. (Gravity?)

Does any one know how close it got?

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The article mentiones the 2009 collision, which created a huge cloud of debris ranging from 400 to 1300km altitude. Probably something like that....

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1 hour ago, worir4 said:

I wonder what would have happened if they did collide. (Gravity?)

Pretty much everything that happened in Gravity - aside from "People going into space" would not happen. As a result of an orbital collision or just in general.

Edited by 5thHorseman

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