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Monday, July 6, 2020
British Satellite Evaluates its Area Scrap Harpoon

British Satellite Evaluates its Area Scrap Harpoon

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Last summer, a new type of debris-hunting satellite was released from the International Space Station (ISS). It’s known as the RemoveDebris spacecraft, a technology-demonstrator developed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and the Surrey Space Center. The purpose of this satellite is to test whether satellites equipped with targeting software, a debris net and a harpoon…
Micrometeorite Damage Under the Microscopic Lense

Micrometeorite Damage Under the Microscopic Lense

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If there’s one thing that decades of operating in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) has taught us, it is that space is full of hazards. In addition to solar flares and cosmic radiation, one of the greatest dangers comes from space debris. While the largest bits of junk (which measure more than 10 cm in diameter)…
A New Option to the Area Scrap Issue. Spacecraft with Plasma Beams to Force Area Scrap to Burn Up

A New Option to the Area Scrap Issue. Spacecraft with Plasma...

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Space junk is a growing problem. For decades we have been sending satellites into orbit around Earth. Some of them de-orbit and burn up in Earth’s atmosphere, or crash into the surface. But most of the stuff we send into orbit is still up there. This is becoming an acute problem as years go by…

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