United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

List of Reported Space Objects Discovered by Member States within their Territories

In compliance with article 5 of the Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space, Member States provide reports of space debris discovered within their territories. The following list is compiled from these notifications .

Number Date of Discovery Notifying State Document Symbol Location of Discovery Physical Characteristics Identifying features Originating Space Object Remarks
Shape Material Length Width/ Diameter Height Mass Designator Date of Launch
 
Objects discovered in 2014
RD-14-01 ------ Brazil A/AC.105/1068 Uriandeua River, city of Salinópolis, 220 km from Belém, Pará ------ ------ 4 m 3 m ------ ------ Plaque located on the interior of the fairing with component details, serial number, etc. Lettering on panel
------ 25/07/2013 Identified a as part of the payload fairing from an Ariane launch vehicle
 
Objects discovered in 2013
RD-13-01 ------ United States of America A/AC.105/1066 Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West, Florida ------ ------ 4.8 m 4.0 m 0.08 m 100 kg Square plate located on the interior of the fairing with component details, serial number, etc ------ ------- Identified a as part of the payload fairing from an Ariane launch vehicle
 
Objects discovered in 2012
RD-12-02 26/08/2012 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland A/AC.105/1040 +32.253333 oN, -64.8175 o E
Angle Beach, Southampton, Bermuda
------ honeycomb composite ------ 2.1 m 1.8 m ------ See available imagery ------ 04/05/2012 Confirmed as part of the payload fairing from an Atlas V launch conducted by the United States of America
 
Objects discovered in 2011
RD-11-01 23/04/2011 Uruguay A/AC.105/997 Third judicial section (administrative subdivision) of the Department of Artigas, North Uruguay ------ ------- ------ ------ ------ ------ Serial numbers: ID85677, G9 and NAS6705-5P 2003-058C 21/12/2003 Confirmed as part of the Star 48 motor of the upper stage from a Delta 7925 launch conducted by the United States of America
 
Objects discovered in 2010
RD-10-01 25/09/2010 Japan A/AC.105/975 Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture cylindrical ------ 1.7 m 1.2 m ---- ------ ---- ------ ------ Believed to be component from launch vehicle used by the Republic of Korea
 
Objects discovered in 2007
RD-07-01 ~03/11/2007 Australia A/AC.105/945 26 o 55' 30" S
145 o 03' 48" E
spherical carbon-fibre composite ------ 0.55 m ---- ~17 kg ~25 mm holes situated on opposite side of object. Interior lined with metallic material & bevelled nozzle ~12 mm with small holes holes located inside ------ ------ Believed to a pressure vessel. Responsible State not identified.
 
Objects discovered in 2004
RD-04-01 20/01/2004 Argentina A/AC.105/825 San Roque, Province of Corrientes cylindrical metallic 1.6 m 1.4 m ---- ~40 kg ---- 1993-068C 13/05/1993 Confirmed as from Delta-2 launcher
 
Objects discovered in 2001
RD-01-01 12/01/2001 Saudi Arabia A/AC.105/762 240 km West of Riyadh,
~ 1km from Riyadh-Taef highway
cylindrical metallic 1.4 m 1.2 m ---- ~70 kg serial number 1993-032C 13/05/1993 Confirmed as STAR 48 motor cover
 
Objects discovered in 2000
RD-00-04 27/03/2000 South Africa A/AC.105/740 Robertson, Western Cape Province of South Africa tapered cylinder non-metallic/ composite ~0.6 m ~0.3 m (base)
~0.2 m (apex)
------ ~30 kg ------ 1996-019B 28/03/1996 Confirmed as part of Delta 2 Stage-2
RD-00-03 27/03/2000 South Africa A/AC.105/740 Worcester, Western Cape Province of South Africa spherical metallic ------ ~0.6 m ------ ~33 kg ------ 1996-019B 28/03/1996 Confirmed as part of Delta 2 Stage-2
RD-00-02 27/03/2000 South Africa A/AC.105/740 Durbanville, Western Cape Province of South Africa cylinder steel 2.7 m 1.5 m ------ 260 kg ------ 1996-019B 28/03/1996 Confirmed as part of Delta 2 Stage-2
RD-00-01 March 2000 United States of America A/AC.105/737 Corpus Christi, Texas, USA conical ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ text on circular plate at interior apex ------ ------ Believed to be nose cone of an Ariane launcher
 
Objects discovered in 1999
RD-99-01 08/11/1999 Japan A/AC.105/735 Yoron Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan cylindrical ------ 6 m 1.25 m ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Believed to be component of a US launch vehicle
 
Objects discovered in 1991
RD-91-07 07/02/1991 Argentina A/46/92 La Pampa Province sheet ------ 1 m 1 m ------ ------ serial no. ------ ------ Believed to debris from space station Salyut 7
RD-91-06 07/02/1991 Argentina A/46/92 Santa Fe Province spherical metallic ------ 1 m ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Believed to debris from space station Salyut 7
RD-91-05 07/02/1991 Argentina A/46/92 Santa Fe Province circular ------ ------ 0.9 m 0.05 m ------ ------ ------ ------ Believed to debris from space station Salyut 7
RD-91-04 07/02/1991 Argentina A/46/92 Entre Rios Province quadrangular
(area: 20 cm 2)
metallic ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Believed to debris from space station Salyut 7
RD-91-03 07/02/1991 Argentina A/46/92 Entre Rios Province quadrangular
(area: 20 cm 2)
metallic ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Believed to debris from space station Salyut 7
RD-91-02 07/02/1991 Argentina A/46/92 Entre Rios Province tubular ------ ------ 3 m ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Believed to debris from space station Salyut 7
RD-91-01 07/02/1991 Argentina A/46/92 Entre Rios Province rectangular
(area: 30 cm 2)
metallic ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Believed to debris from space station Salyut 7
 
Objects discovered in 1984
RD-84-01 30/07/1984 United States of America Letter to UN-SG ------ triangular with a hole in the center metallic 0.15 m 0.07 m ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Believed to be Soviet in origin
 
Objects discovered in 1979
RD-79-03 19/09/1979 Canada Letter to UN-SG 67 o 59' N
115 o 32' W
machined metallic (Al, Mg alloy) 1.5 m 0.86 m ------ 12 kg ------ ------ ------ Believed to be Soviet in origin
RD-79-02+ July-September 1979 Australia Letter to UN-SG 500 km x 30 km area from centreline
33.52 o S, 121.54 oE;
31 o S, 125.5 o E
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ 1973-027A 14/05/1973 Confirmed as debris from space station Skylab
RD-79-01 January 1979 Federal Republic of Germany Letter to UN-SG near Nienburg/Weser River, FRG conical metallic 0.75 m 0.77 m (base)
0.31 m (apex)
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
 
Number Date of Discovery Notifying State Document Symbol Location of Discovery Physical Characteristics Identifying features Originating Space Object Remarks
Shape Material Length Width/ Diameter Height Mass Designator Date of Launch
 
Objects discovered in 1978
RD-78-95+ March - December 1978 Canada A/AC.105/236 Area over S and E Great Slave Lake; Saskatchewan and Northern Alberta, Canada (~4000 particles) ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-94 March - December 1978 Canada A/AC.105/236 62 o 52.2' N
109 o 39.2' W;
cylinder metallic ~0.51 m ~0.36 m ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-76 -
RD-78-93
March - December 1978 Canada A/AC.105/236 Area bounded by:
61 o 31' N
114 o 50' W;
61 o 50' N
114 o 50' W;
61 o 45' N
109 o 00' W;
63 o 00' N
109 o 00' W
flakes, slivers, chunks ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-75 March - December 1978 Canada A/AC.105/236 Area bounded by:
61 o 31' N
114 o 50' W;
61 o 50' N
114 o 50' W;
61 o 45' N
109 o 00' W;
63 o 00' N
109 o 00' W
sheath ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-69 -
RD-78-74
March - December 1978 Canada A/AC.105/236 Area bounded by:
61 o 31' N
114 o 50' W;
61 o 50' N
114 o 50' W;
61 o 45' N
109 o 00' W;
63 o 00' N
109 o 00' W
plate metallic ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-28 -
RD-78-68
March - December 1978 Canada A/AC.105/236 Area bounded by:
62 o 27' N
111 o 30' W;
62 o 33' N
111 o 30' W;
63 o 04' N
108 o 18' W;
63 o 08' N
108 o 08 W
cylindrical Beryllium ~0.10 m ~0.025 m ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-22 -
RD-78-27
March - December 1978 Canada A/AC.105/236 Area bounded by:
62 o 27' N
111 o 30' W;
62 o 33' N
111 o 30' W;
63 o 04' N
108 o 18' W;
63 o 08' N
108 o 18 W
cylindrical Beryllium ~0.25 m ~0.10 m ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-21 March - December 1978 Canada A/AC.105/236 63 o 47.8' N
104 o 13.5' W
6 struts attached to flexible plate metallic ~1.00 m (struts) ------ ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-20 13/08/1978 Sweden Letter to UN-SG ~45 km west of Osterlund, Sweden spherical ------ ------ ~9.65 kg ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Source unknown
RD-78-19 January-March 1978 Canada A/AC.105/217 62 o 52' N
109 o 33' W
flake ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-18 January-March 1978 Canada A/AC.105/217 62 o 52' N
109 o 33' W
flake ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-17 January-March 1978 Canada A/AC.105/217 62 o 52' N
109 o 33' W
flake ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-16 January-March 1978 Canada A/AC.105/217 62 o 53.5' N
109 o 26' W
cylindrical ------ ~0.09 m ~0.02 m ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-15 January-March 1978 Canada A/AC.105/217 62 o 27' N
110 o 42' W
cylindrical ------ ~0.10 m ~0.02 m ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-14 January-March 1978 Canada A/AC.105/217 62 o 43' N
109 o 59' W
oval, slightly curved metallic ~0.05 m ------ ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-13 January-March 1978 Canada A/AC.105/217 62 o 56' N
109 o 08.4' W
cylindrical shiny metallic ~0.10 m ~0.02 m ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-12 January-March 1978 Canada A/AC.105/217 62 o 56.5' N
109 o 08' W
cylindrical shiny metallic ~0.10 m ~0.02 m ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-11 January-March 1978 Canada A/AC.105/217 62 o 22' N
111 o 40' W
cuboid ------ 0.01 m 0.01 m 0.01 m ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-10+ January-March 1978 Canada A/AC.105/217 62 o 36' N
110 o 46' W
(~50 small particles) ------ ------ < 0.01 m ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-09 January-March 1978 Canada A/AC.105/217 63 o 0.5' N
108 o 51' W
cylindrical bright reflective ~ 0.1 m ~0.02 m ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-08 January-March 1978 Canada A/AC.105/217 62 o 59' N
108 o 55' W
cylindrical shiny metallic ~ 0.1 m ------ ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-07 January-March 1978 Canada A/AC.105/217 62 o 58' N
108 o 57' W
cylindrical reflective material ~ 0.1 m ~ 0.02 m ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-06 January 1978 Canada A/AC.105/214 63 o 47.8' N
104 o 13.5' W
flexible plate with struts metallic ~ 1.0 m ------ ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-05 January 1978 Canada A/AC.105/214 62 o 54.3' N
109 o 01' W
thin leaf ribbed plate metallic ------ 0.07m ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-04 January 1978 Canada A/AC.105/214 62 o 57.3' N
109 o 08.5' W
semi-circular plate metallic 0.08m 0.02m 0.02m ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-03 January 1978 Canada A/AC.105/214 62 o 52.0' N
109 o 40' W
tubular metallic
(Mn, Mg, Pb, Fe, Cu)
0.30m 0.25m ------ ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-02 January 1978 Canada A/AC.105/214 62 o 52.1' N
109 o 32' W
eroded cylinder metallic 0.08m 0.02m 0.02m ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
RD-78-01 January 1978 Canada A/AC.105/214 62 o 50.5' N
109 o 29.5' W
plate metallic 0.23m 0.09m 0.013m ------ ------ 1977-090A 18/09/1977 Radioactive. Confirmed as debris from nuclear powered satellite Cosmos 954.
 
Number Date of Discovery Notifying State Document Symbol Location of Discovery Physical Characteristics Identifying features Originating Space Object Remarks
Shape Material Length Width/ Diameter Height Mass Designator Date of Launch
 
Objects discovered in 1974
RD-74-07 07/09/1974 United States of America Note verbale to UN-SG near Lowell, Ohio, USA spherical metallic ------ ~0.28 m ------ ~10 kg ------ ------ ------ Source unknown
 
Objects discovered in 1972
RD-72-07 25/09/1972 Canada Note verbale to UN-SG 37.04 km from 45 o 11' S
58 o 18' E
------ honey-comb fibreglass ~2.4 m ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Confirmed as part of Atlas Centaur launch vehicle
RD-72-06 21/09/1972 Canada Note verbale to UN-SG 45 o 11' S
58 o 18' E
cylindrical aluminium ~9.4 m ~4.57 m ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Confirmed as part of Atlas Centaur launch vehicle
RD-72-05 11/05/1972 New Zealand Note verbale to UN-SG 44 o 04.3' S
171 o 30.5' E
spherical titanium alloy ------ 0.38 m ------ 15 kg ------ ------ ------ Source unknown
RD-72-04 29/04/1972 New Zealand Note verbale to UN-SG 44 o 01.3' S
171 o 37.4' E
spherical titanium alloy ------ 0.38 m ------ 15 kg ------ ------ ------ Source unknown
RD-72-03 13/04/1972 New Zealand Note verbale to UN-SG 44 o 27.3' S
170 o 40' E
spherical titanium alloy ------ 0.25 m ------ 4.3 kg ------ ------ ------ Source unknown
RD-72-02 08/04/1972 New Zealand Note verbale to UN-SG 44 o 07.4' S
171 o 30.1' E
spherical titanium alloy ------ 0.38 m ------ 15 kg ------ ------ ------ Source unknown
RD-72-01 03/04/1972 New Zealand Note verbale to UN-SG 45 o 58' S
171 o 44.4' E
spherical titanium alloy ------ 0.38 m ------ 13.6 kg ------ ------ ------ Source unknown
 
Objects discovered in 1970
RD-70-07 1970 South Africa Note verbale to UN-SG Western Cape area, South Africa ------ metallic ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Source unknown
RD-70-06 September-November 1970 United States of America Letter to UN-SG Middle West region, USA ------ ------ ~1.2 m ~1.2 m ------ ~290 kg ------ ------ ------ Believed to be Soviet in origin.
RD-70-05 September-November 1970 United States of America Letter to UN-SG Middle West region, USA ------ ------ ~0.64 m ~0.13 m ------ ~18 kg ------ ------ ------ Believed to be Soviet in origin.
RD-70-04 August-September 1970 United States of America A/AC.105/087/Add.1 Middle West region, USA ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Believed to be Soviet in origin.
RD-70-03 29/08/1970 United States of America A/AC.105/087 Adrian, Texas, USA ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Believed to be Soviet in origin.
RD-70-02 29/08/1970 United States of America A/AC.105/087 Beaver City, Oklahoma, USA ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Believed to be Soviet in origin.
RD-70-01 29/08/1970 United States of America A/AC.105/087 Pratt, Kansas, USA ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Believed to be Soviet in origin.
 
Objects discovered in 1969
RD-69-02 1969 Sweden Letter to UN-SG 55 km East of Ostersund, Sweden two semi-spheres joined ------ 0.38 m ------ ------ 13.8 kg ------ ------ ------ Source unknown
RD-69-01 1969 United States of America Letter to UN-SG Alaska, USA spherical metallic ------ ~0.31 m ------ ~14.5 kg ------ ------ ------ Believed to be Soviet in origin.
 
Objects discovered in 1968
RD-68-01+ 1968 Nepal Letter to UN-SG Nepalese territory ------ metallic ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Source unknown. Information presented before Rescue Agreement came into force
                             
Note: + denotes multiple objects that have not been reported individually.
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