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Fireball Flying Over Northern Russian City Caught On Vehicle

Fireball Flying Over Northern Russian City Caught On Vehicle Dash Cam

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A suspected meteorite explosion has been recorded by citizens of the northern Russian city of Murmansk over the weekend. The fireball left a noticeable bright blue trail as it sped across...

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international space station
2014-04-04 06:08:42

NASA On Thursday, flight controllers conducted a Debris Avoidance Maneuver to steer the International Space Station clear of orbital debris. Aboard the orbiting complex, the Expedition 39 crew prepared for the departure of a cargo craft Thursday and tackled a variety of experiments, including the checkout of device that incorporates electrical impulses to keep muscles fit in the absence of gravity. Playing it conservatively, flight controllers conducted a Pre-Determined Debris Avoidance...

Reducing Satellite Battery Debris Threat
2014-03-13 14:19:05

ESA Across a satellite’s working life, batteries keep the craft’s heart beating whenever it leaves sunlight. But after its mission ends, those same batteries may threaten catastrophe. Space debris mitigation rules require the complete deactivation of electrical power sources aboard a satellite on retirement, in order to guard against explosive accidents that might produce fresh debris dangerous to other satellites. Now a new study by ESA’s Clean Space initiative – tasked with...

New Robotic Refueling Technologies Tested By NASA
2014-03-06 14:03:44

[ Watch The Video: Teaming Up to Test the Future of Satellite Refueling ] Dewayne Washington and Adrienne Alessandro, NASA The Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., checked another critical milestone off their list with the completion of their Remote Robotic Oxidizer Transfer Test (RROxiTT) in February 2014. "This is the first time that anyone has tested this type of technology, and we've proven that it works....

Air Force's 'Neighborhood Watch' Program Will Spy On Other Countries
2014-02-24 13:38:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online General William Shelton said at the Air Force Association meeting in Orlando on Friday that the US will be launching satellites to spy on other countries. The head of Air Force Space Command said at the event that the “neighborhood watch program” will provide spying capabilities, as well as added eyes in the sky to keep track of space debris while orbiting 22,300 miles above the Earth. Shelton said the satellites will be used to...

How Do You Catch A Satellite?
2014-02-21 10:50:46

ESA Standard space dockings are difficult enough, but a future ESA mission plans to capture derelict satellites adrift in orbit. Part of an effort to control space debris, the shopping list of new technologies this ambitious mission requires is set for discussion with industry experts. ESA’s Clean Space initiative is studying the e.DeOrbit mission for removing debris, aiming to reduce the environmental impact of the space industry on Earth and space alike. Earth's debris halo...

Space Debris Threat From Envisat Explored By University Of Leicester Students
2014-02-20 07:32:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A recently-published paper from physics students at the University of Leicester explores the possibility that a massive observational satellite that lost contact with Earth in 2012 could be the catalyst that sets off a chain of events much like those depicted in the Academy Award-nominated film Gravity. Writing in the Journal of Physics Special Topics, a peer-reviewed student journal run by the University’s Department of Physics...

Soviet-era Spy Satellite Burns Up Harmlessly In Earth's Atmosphere
2014-02-17 05:57:42

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fragments of a Soviet-era spy satellite, which was expected to crash back to Earth, had instead burned up on reentry into the atmosphere on Sunday. Colonel Dmitry Zenin, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, told Itar-Tass news agency that Kosmos-1220, a military signal intelligence satellite, reentered Earth’s atmosphere and burned up at about 5:58 p.m. local time (8:58 a.m. EST). The satellite, which had been in...

space debris
2014-01-23 05:09:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California have developed and tested a series of ground-based mini-satellites that will be used to help control traffic in space. These so-called “space cops” were used by the LLNL team to capture a series of six images over a 60-hour period to prove that they can be used to alter the orbit of other probes traveling in low-earth orbit. The plan is to use the...

Space Droids Battle To Save Our Planet
2014-01-21 11:52:05

[ Watch The Video: Zero Robotics Competition 2013 ] ESA A comet heading towards Earth threatens humanity’s existence – that was the virtual scenario of this year’s Zero Robotics tournament. Secondary-school students from across Europe controlled miniature satellites on the International Space Station in a competition to save our planet. The Space Station was turned into a playing field for the finals. The ultimate robot game challenged youngsters to write algorithms that...

2014-01-09 08:22:03

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) will continue tracking and sharing data on orbiting space assets and debris through a $3.9 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will continue to develop the Non-Traditional Data Pre-Processor (NDPP) under the Integrated Space Command and Control (ISC2) contract. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110419/PH85737LOGO-b) ISC2 is...