Performing evasive maneuvers increases satellites’ collision risk down the road

Researchers have found that trying to avoid collisions in orbit increases the risk of future collisions in the aftermath of each avoidance maneuver. The reason? Current methods of space traffic management can’t adequately deal with the growing numbers of satellites in space. 

Analysts with the Pennsylvania-based company COMSPOC (short for “Commercial Space Operations Center”) found that, in the aftermath of every satellite collision avoidance maneuver, operators and space traffic observers have only a rough idea of where their objects are.