space debris

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…

4 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…

5 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…

5 years ago

In mid-March, the Chinese Tiangong-1 Space Station is Going to Come Crashing Back Down to Earth… Somewhere

According to the latest predictions, China's Tiangong-1 space station is going to come crashing to Earth in March - but…

5 years ago

Let’s Clean up the Space Junk with Magnetic Space Tugs

A researcher working with the ESA has proposed creating a fleet of magnetic tugs to safely and effectively remove space…

5 years ago

What is Low Earth Orbit?

Low Earth Orbit (LEO) is a popular place. It is where the majority of space missions are sent, where all…

6 years ago

NASA Invests In Radical Game-Changing Concepts For Exploration

As part of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, NASA recently announced 13 radical proposals for funding and development

7 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…

7 years ago

European Satellite Dodged Space Debris Hours After Reaching Orbit

Yesterday, the European Space Agency disclosed a serious problem early in the Sentinel-1A mission, which lifted off April 3 on…

9 years ago

How We Will Retrieve Dead Satellites In The Future? Hint: It Likely Won’t Be Using Astronauts

I'll admit it: I'm too young to remember 1984. I wish I did, however, because it was a banner year…

9 years ago