The former Soviet satellite Cosmos-2004 launched into orbit in 1989, and a stage of the Chinese rocket CZ-4C R/B, launched in 2009, crossed over Antarctica without any setback, confirmed the US company LeoLabs that tracks pieces of space junk.
“There is no indication of a collision. CZ-4C R / B passed over LeoLabs’ Kiwi Space Radar 10 minutes after the TCA . Our data shows only a single object, as we’d hoped with no signs of debris,” the company posted to its Twitter account.
No indication of collision. 👍
CZ-4C R/B passed over LeoLabs Kiwi Space Radar 10 minutes after TCA. Our data shows only a single object as we'd hoped, with no signs of debris.
We will follow up in the coming days on Medium with a full in-depth risk assessment of this event!
— LeoLabs, Inc. (@LeoLabs_Space) October 16, 2020