space debris

RemoveDebris: Space junk mission prepares for launch

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2017
by Alex Muller

A mission that will test different methods to clean up space junk is getting ready for launch.

RemoveDebris to launch space cleanup demonstrator

Posted in Science on 6th Jul, 2016
by Alex Muller

There are some 7,000 tonnes of space debris circling the Earth. Whizzing in orbit at tens of thousands of miles per hour, even a small fragment could destroy a satellite.

Trash-eating spacecraft turns orbital debris into fuel

Posted in Science on 6th Dec, 2015
by Alex Muller

According to NASA, there are more than 500,000 pieces of debris in orbit that are being tracked by the space agency.

Trouble in orbit: the growing problem of space junk

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2015
by Alex Muller

In 2014, the International Space Station had to move three times to avoid lethal chunks of space debris. The problem also threatens crucial and costly satellites in orbit.

Germany to tackle space junk with GESTRA project

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2015
by Alex Muller

Due for completion in 2018, the GESTRA project is designed to monitor and track objects in low-Earth orbit.