space junk

Doomed Satellite was Equipped With a Drag Sail to Deorbit it After its Mission was Complete

A team at Purdue University developed a drag sail to attach to satellites to help them de-orbit to combat space…

1 month ago

We Need to Fix Space Junk Before It’s Too Late

As of 2020, there were over 19,000 pieces of individually tracked space junk in orbit above the Earth. Of those,…

3 months ago

Starlink and OneWeb Have Their First Avoidance Maneuver With Each Other’s Constellations

Two companies, OneWeb and SpaceX, are racing to put fleets of thousands of communication satellites into orbit. In March they…

5 months ago

Ground-Based Lasers Could Push Space Debris off Collision-Course Orbits

Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) are finding new uses for the laser-based technology that sharpens telescope imagery –…

6 months ago

How Long Will Space Junk Take to Burn Up? Here’s a Handy Chart

If the Roman Empire had been able to launch a satellite in a relatively high Low Earth Orbit – say…

8 months ago

A Steampunk Engine to Solve Your Satellite Woes!

NASA contractor Howe Industries just presented their design for a "steampunk" engine that could allow satellites to maneuver, without the…

10 months ago

About 3% of Starlinks Have Failed So Far

A new analysis indicates that 3% of Starlink satellites have failed since they were launched to orbit, which could mean…

12 months ago

Astronaut Drops a Mirror During a Spacewalk. Now There’s Another Piece of Space Junk

Oops. Dropping a mirror on Earth is only minor cause for concern, perhaps about the potential of some upcoming bad…

1 year ago

There’s a 1 in 20 Chance That Two Dead Satellites Might Crash Tonight (Update: No Collision)

According to multiple assessments, there's a good chance two dead satellites will crash in the skies above Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, creating…

2 years ago

A Television Satellite Might be About to Explode

A DirecTV satellite suffered a battery failure and now has to be de-orbited. Otherwise, it could cause a collision and…

2 years ago