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Satellites Could Be Deorbited Using New Gossamer Sail
2013-12-22 03:34:52

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Surrey have developed a new method to bring aging satellites back to Earth so they no longer pose a threat to spacecraft or other probes by continuing to orbit in a nonworking state. The device is an ultra-lightweight “gossamer sail” that could be packed into satellites which could be deployed near the end of their life cycles, the European Space Agency (ESA) – which has funded the project...

How To Remove Orbital Debris With Less Risk
2013-03-22 20:53:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online An article coming out in the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets pitches ideas to attempt to remove orbital debris with less risk. The article, authored by Kerry Nock and Dr. Kim Aaron, of Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC), and Dr. Darren McKnight, of Integrity Applications Incorporated, Chantilly, VA, compared in-orbit debris removal options regarding their potential risk of creating new orbital debris or disabling working...

2012-07-23 02:20:34

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A large inflatable heat shield developed by NASA's Space Technology Program has successfully survived a trip through Earth's atmosphere while travelling at hypersonic speeds up to 7,600 mph. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) was launched by sounding rocket at 7:01 a.m. Monday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. The purpose of the...