Recently in the Space Debris Category

New results reveal how plasma explosions and clouds of debris can disturb spacecraft operations in the aftermath of hypervelocity dust impacts.

Up to 100,000 satellites could be launched into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in the coming decade.

A ground-based laser tracking system that could help to stem the accumulation of space debris is being developed in the UK.

Imaging Space Debris In High Resolution

Litter is not only a problem on Earth. According to NASA, there are currently millions of pieces of space junk in the range of altitudes from 200 to 2,000 kilometers above the Earth's surface, which is known as low Earth orbit (LEO).

ESA Releases Space Debris Report

In order to address the issues posed by space debris on spaceflight activities UNCOPUOS has taken the initiative to create a set of internationally agreed guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities.

Earth is surrounded by a cloud of space debris. This material ranges from dead satellites and rocket stages to fragments of material and even flecks of paint... and all this junk could do enormous damage to working satellites.

Copernicus Sentinel-1A Hit By Space Debris

ESA engineers have discovered that a solar panel on the Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite was hit by a millimetre-size particle in orbit on 23 August.

WT1190F Safely Reenters Earth's Atmosphere

Just after 1:18 AM EST (6:18 AM UTC) on Friday, Nov. 13 an object tagged as WT1190F reentered Earth's atmosphere as predicted above the Indian Ocean, just off the southern tip of Sri Lanka.

Developing Anti-space Debris Technologies

ESA is teaming up with Europe's satellite makers and equipment suppliers to evaluate candidate technologies to prevent the generation of space debris in key orbits by future space missions.

ESA's goal of removing a derelict satellite from orbit is picking up pace, as a mission design is assembled to be put before European ministers next year for approval.

Do We Need a Space Traffic Cop?

At 10:00 am tomorrow (Friday, May 9) the Space Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled Space Traffic Management: How to Prevent a Real Life 'Gravity'.

Tracking Objects in Space

To continue successfully keeping track of objects in orbit around Earth, the U.S. Air Force should become more open and transparent in the creation and dissemination of its algorithms, processes, and research in astrodynamics, according to a new report from the National Research Council.

On-orbit servicing (OOS) and active debris removal (ADR) are part of an emerging category of future on-orbit activities that are critical for taking the next leap in our use of Earth orbit.