space junk

Mission to demonstrate space junk tech

Posted in Science on 2nd Apr, 2018
by Alex Muller

A UK-led experiment to tackle space junk is set to head into orbit. It takes the form of a small satellite that will practise techniques for tracking debris and capturing it.

Japan tests innovative magnetic tether for slowing space junk

Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2016
by Alex Muller

Japan has launched a cargo ship which will use a half mile- (700m)-long tether to remove some of the vast amount of debris from Earth's orbit.

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.

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.