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An Upcoming ESA Mission is Going to Remove one Piece of Space Junk From Orbit

A specialized spacecraft will be sent to orbit by the ESA in 2025 to remove a piece of space debris,…

6 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…

11 months ago

Satellites Equipped With a Tether Would be Able to De-Orbit Themselves at the end of Their Life

A new technology that allows satellites to de-orbit themselves at the end of their lives could help mitigate the problem…

12 months ago

India Destroyed a Satellite With a Missile Last Week, and Pieces Were Thrown Into an Orbit That Risks the International Space Station

Last week, India shot down one of its own satellites with a missile. According to NASA, the resulting debris field…

1 year ago

British Satellite Tests its Space Junk Harpoon

The RemoveDebris spacecraft recently tested out its harpoon, one of the tools it will use to remove space debris from…

1 year ago

Micrometeorite Damage Under the Microscope

A new study by a team from MIT has shed light on the physical processes that take place when tiny…

2 years ago

A New Solution to the Space Junk Problem. Spacecraft with Plasma Beams to Force Space Junk to Burn Up

A Japanese-Australian team is developing a new way to remove space junk from orbit and sending it harmlessly towards Earth.

2 years ago

A Satellite With a Harpoon, Net and Drag Sail to Capture Space Junk is in Orbit and Will be Tested Soon

The RemoveDebris satellite, a spacecraft designed to remove junk from orbit, recently deployed from the ISS to begin demonstrating its…

2 years ago

Tiangong-1 Splashes Down in the Pacific Ocean

According to a statement made by the US Air Force, the reentry of the Tiangong-1 was confirmed over the Pacific…

2 years ago

Spacecraft Shields Will Need to be Tough. Here’s an Aluminum Bullet Shattering a Shield at 7 km/s

A team of ESA researchers recently tested a new type of shielding by firing an aluminum bullet at it and…

2 years ago