At 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day, the U.S. Air Force 18th Space Control Sqdn., which detects, tracks and identifies non-naturally occurring objects in Earth orbit, noted on Twitter that Orbcomm’s FM 16 satellite had broken apart, generating 34 pieces of debris. “No indication [the breakup] was caused by collision,” the Air Force wrote. The cause of the incident, which occurred on Dec. 22, remains under investigation, not only by Orbcomm, which launched the spacecraft ...


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