How fast is orbital debris travelling? I believe the speeds would vary based on the debris size, so what would be the range of velocities in that case?
Space debris speeds depend on these variables:
- the original orbit of the object that created the debris
- the amount of energy in the event that created the debris (explosion, collision, breakup, accidental release)
- the weight of the debris (given the same amount of input energy, lighter fragments will be launched at higher speeds)