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Space Debris

Space Debris

Sail away: Rocket launch to test simple solution for space junk

Engineers are set to test a device that could pull defunct spacecraft and used rocket parts back to Earth, allowing them to burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere. Researchers at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, are launching a prototype drag sail Thursday aboard a rocket made by Firefly Aerospace,…
bubmag
September 2, 2021
Space Debris

Should we ban space weapons to stop the huge space junk problem?

Space | Analysis 2 September 2021 By Jonathan O’Callaghan The growing space junk problem could get worse with anti-satellite weapons Frame Stock Footage/Shutterstock Today there are an estimated 18,000 pieces of trackable space junk in Earth’s orbit, which includes anything larger than a tennis ball. The largest group of these…
bubmag
September 2, 2021
Space Debris

Op-ed | Clearing space debris is good business

Space debris removal is not just an environmental concern. It makes money for all parties involved. Today’s digital infrastructure is being built in low Earth orbit. Satellite constellations from companies like SpaceX, OneWeb, Telesat, AST Space Mobile and many others are rapidly deploying to provide everything from internet to cell…
bubmag
August 12, 2021
Space Debris

Who’s going to fix the space junk problem?

Home News Science & Astronomy The problem of "space junk" continues to grow. (Image credit: Miguel Soares/Wikimedia Commons) Paul M. Sutter is an astrophysicist at SUNY Stony Brook and the Flatiron Institute, host of "Ask a Spaceman" and "Space Radio," and author of "How to Die in Space." Sutter contributed…
bubmag
July 31, 2021