Only one satellite was destroyed by a meteor

Only one satellite was destroyed by a meteor

The most notable collision involving a satellite occurred in 1993, when the large Olympus-1 communications satellite was caught in a meteor shower. It was launched in 1989 by the European Space Agency.

Olympus-1 is probably one of the most unlucky satellites to have been in orbit. During his short life, he suffered a solar panel failure, made an unforeseen world tour and was then used in an inclined orbit. It was finally damaged by an impact during the August 1993 Perseid meteorite rain and began twisting, eventually being out of service when it ran out of fuel.

Collisions are rare and many satellites now have tracking systems that allow them to change course when potential collisions are imminent.

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