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Orbital Debris

Now that Many Countries Have the Ability to Destroy Satellites, the US is Figuring Out Ways to Make Them More Armored

With all the advances made in anti-satellite technology, Sandia National Laboratories is seeking partnerships to develop satellites that can defend…

2 months ago

Can We Use Special Sails To Bring Old Satellites Back Down To Earth?

The growing problem of space debris in LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) is garnering more and more attention. With thousands of satellites…

5 months ago

Did You Know That a Satellite Crashes Back to Earth About Once a Week, on Average?

According to the ESA's Space Debris Office, about 100 tonnes of space debris enters our atmosphere every year on average.

2 years ago

China Has a Plan to Clean Up Space Junk with Lasers

A new study by a team of Chinese researchers considers whether a space-based laser station would be a good way…

2 years ago

The Space Station is Getting a New Gadget to Detect Space Debris

The Space Debris Sensor (SDS) aboard the International Space Station is allowing scientists to characterize the orbital debris environment

2 years ago

Eye Opening Numbers On Space Debris

The latest numbers released by the ESA's Space Debris Office indicate that the cloud of orbital debris is getting worse.

3 years ago

Sentinel-1A Satellite Takes A Direct Hit From Millimetre Size Particle

After reviewing data from the Sentinel-1A satellites on-board cameras, the ESA has determined that it suffered a collision with a…

3 years ago

ESA Regrets Not Buying Windshield Insurance

Thanks to astronaut Tim Peake, people here on Earth have been treated for the first time to an image of…

4 years ago

How Do Astronauts Avoid Debris?

So, just how do we keep our space stations, ships and astronauts from being riddled with holes from all of…

4 years ago

Could Lizard Hands Help Us Clean Up Space Junk?

We've written extensively about the orbital debris problem here on Universe Today. In a nutshell, just about every time we…

5 years ago