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Space Debris

Space Debris

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). Most of the junk is comprised of objects…
bubmag
February 27, 2021
Space Debris

French startup demonstrates iodine propulsion in potential boost for space debris mitigation efforts

by Andrew Jones — January 22, 2021 ThrustMe's NPT30-I2-1U propulsion system installed on the Spacety Beihanghongshi-1 CubeSat. Credit: Spacety HELSINKI — French startup ThrustMe has performed the first on-orbit tests of an innovative iodine-fueled electric propulsion system, proving its ability to change a CubeSat’s orbit. ThrustMe’s NPT30-I2-1U, the first iodine…
bubmag
January 22, 2021
Space Debris

ESA Clean Space tackles space junk one component at a time

by Andrew Parsonson — December 23, 2020 ESA's Clean Space initiative is headed by Luisa Innocenti. Credit: ESA/SJM Photography VALETTA, Malta —  Through a novel approach to testing, the European Space Agency’s Clean Space initiative is assisting in the development of satellite components that are designed for demise, an approach…
bubmag
December 23, 2020
Space Debris

Op-ed | Protecting our assets from space debris

by Sen. Roger Wicker — December 20, 2020 Congestion in space — especially the explosive growth in space debris — has created an increasingly dangerous environment for our astronauts and satellites in orbit. Credit: NASA illustration On Nov. 2, the United States and its International Space Station partner nations celebrated…
bubmag
December 20, 2020