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Ecuador’s only satellite damaged in space collision

Ecuador: A tiny Ecuadorian satellite, Pegaso, which collided in space with the remains of a Soviet rocket survived the crash, but was damaged and is not transmitting any data, Quito”s space agency said.

Ecuador”s space agency EXA’s director Ronnie Nader said in a Twitter message that US space officials confirmed Pegaso had suffered only a glancing blow from the space debris.

He added that despite the collision, which occurred around 0538 GMT some 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) above the east coast of Madagascar, the satellite seemed to be holding its course.

The EXA said that the satellite”s antenna had “lost its orientation and the craft is spinning wildly over two of its axes, so it cannot currently receive transmissions or send commands.”

Source: Space War