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

April 4, 2019

Last week, in a move that left many perplexed, the nation of India destroyed one of its own…
British Satellite Tests its Space Junk Harpoon

February 18, 2019

Last summer, a new type of debris-hunting satellite was released from the International Space Station (ISS). It’s known…
New Solution to the Space Junk Problem – Burn it up with Plasma Beams

October 3, 2018

Space junk is a growing problem. For decades we have been sending satellites into orbit around Earth. Some…
Hole in ISS plugged with a thumb – was astronaut risking getting sucked out into the space?

September 3, 2018

Last week an unusual event took place in International Space Station. Crew noticed that the pressure is dropping,…
A Satellite With a Harpoon, Net and Drag Sail to Capture Space Junk is in Orbit and Will be Tested Soon

June 29, 2018

After almost seventy years of spaceflight, space debris has become a rather serious problem. This junk, which floats…
Air Force Research Lab, Others Tap UA Space Expertise

May 9, 2018

With a total of $6.65 million in new funding, UA experts in space situational awareness are improving the…
China Has a Plan to Clean Up Space Junk with Lasers

January 17, 2018

Orbital debris (aka. space junk) is one of the greatest problems facing space agencies today. After sixty years…
Magnetic space tug could target dead satellites

June 20, 2017

Derelict satellites could in future be grappled and removed from key orbits around Earth with a space tug…
Destruction Junction—What’s Your Function?

November 23, 2016

Traveling at 4.26 miles per second, a tiny aluminum sphere representing a piece of orbital debris, or “space…
Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite hit by space particle

September 1, 2016

ESA engineers have discovered that a solar panel on the Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite was hit by a millimetre-size…
Searching for “Space Junk” in Paradise

August 12, 2016

Located halfway between Brazil and Africa with clear skies and tropical temperatures, Ascension Island sounds like a perfect…
Setting a satellite to catch a satellite

July 10, 2016

The target is set: a large derelict satellite currently silently tumbling its way through low orbit. If all…
Titan Transtage Arrives at Johnson to be Studied by Orbital Debris Scientists

June 7, 2016

The Titan Transtage, an upper stage of the Titan III rocket family, arrived at NASA’s Johnson Space Center…
Go for the burn: how to melt a satellite

December 16, 2015

Imagine being confronted with half a tonne or more of metal and composite structures, electronics boxes and solar…
WT1190F: what’s in a name?

October 28, 2015

ESA's Space Situational Awareness programme supports Europe's independent utilisation of, and access to, space. More via Credit:…
How to get rid of a satellite after its retirement

September 3, 2015

Researchers at University of La Rioja (Spain) have developed a new method to eliminate artificial satellites in Highly…
Station Avoids Satellite Fragment, Spacewalk Preps Start

July 28, 2015

The International Space Station moved out of the way of a piece of satellite debris late Saturday night.…
Students build space junk satellites for Air Force and NASA

July 22, 2015

First NASA, now the Air Force. The aerial branch of the United States Armed Forces has, like the…
Giant “Pac-Man” Satellite to Clean up Space Debris in 2018

July 13, 2015

Given that, today, there are more than 300,000 individual pieces of debris (all larger than 1 cm in…
How Do Astronauts Avoid Debris?

July 9, 2015

So, just how do we keep our space stations, ships and astronauts from being riddled with holes from…
Meteor Investigation Makes a Quick Recovery

June 26, 2015

Spares are a good idea in many situations. Spare tires, batteries and keys come to mind. Turns out…
ESA invites ideas to cut space debris creation

June 12, 2015

Tomorrow’s satellites must evolve – because the space they operate in is changing. New regulations on cutting space…
Hypervelocity impact test damage

June 11, 2015

An aluminium plate, ripped inwards by a single sand grain-sized fleck of aluminium oxide shot at it during…
ESA heading towards removing space debris

June 4, 2015

ESA’s goal of removing a derelict satellite from orbit is picking up pace, as a mission design is…
NRL Patents Compact Orbital Debris Sensor

May 22, 2015

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Geospace Science and Technology Branch, has received a U.S. patent for the…
Space debris from satellite explosion increases collision risk for space craft

May 7, 2015

Debris from the US Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F13 satellite, which recently exploded in orbit, could pose…
ESA experts assess risk from exploded satellite

March 5, 2015

After studying the recent explosive break-up of a US satellite, ESA space debris experts have concluded this event…
ESA space ferry moves Space Station to avoid debris

November 5, 2014

The International Space Station was threatened by space debris last week but ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle saved the…
Steering ESA satellites clear of space debris

October 31, 2014

Improved collision warnings for its Earth observation missions means ESA controllers can now take more efficient evasive action…
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