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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...

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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...

Using Talk Radio To Track Space Debris
2013-12-02 12:42:54

[ Watch the Video: Listening Up For Space Debris ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Top-40 mixes being played over the FM airwaves are helping scientists locate space junk orbiting around our planet. Australian astronomers are using pop songs, talk radio and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) to help prevent catastrophic space junk collisions. As radio waves bounce around, they deflect off thousands of objects orbiting the Earth, which the team is able to take...

Protecting Earth From Asteroids Using Stardust
2013-11-18 17:41:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A new research program is bringing experts together to help protect our planet from asteroids that could become catastrophes. The Stardust program is the first research-based training network of its kind, bringing together some of the world’s best experts on asteroids and space debris. An open training school is being held at the University of Strathclyde this week in the first step to train the next generation of scientists,...

No Damages Reported As GOCE Satellite Falls Back To Earth
2013-11-11 07:39:22

[ Watch the Video: GOCE Safely Burns Up In The Atmosphere ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A defunct satellite that had been mapping the Earth’s gravitational field fell back to Earth at approximately 7pm ET Sunday (01:00 CET Monday), the European Space Agency (ESA) has confirmed. The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) probe re-entered the planet’s atmosphere during a descending orbital pass extending across Siberia, the...

GOCE Mission Comes To An End
2013-10-22 13:11:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday its Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) mission has come to an end. ESA said that after mapping the Earth's gravity for four years the satellite has finally run out of fuel, effectively ending the mission. GOCE's gradiometer instrument was the first of its kind in space and it helped to map variations in Earth's gravity with unrivaled precision. GOCE...

Threat Of Space Debris On Human Spacecraft
2013-09-28 08:25:22

NASA More than 500,000 pieces of debris, or “space junk,” are tracked as they orbit the Earth. They all travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph, fast enough for a relatively small piece of orbital debris to damage a satellite or a spacecraft. The rising population of space debris increases the potential danger to all space vehicles, but especially to the International Space Station, space shuttles and other spacecraft with humans aboard. NASA takes the threat of collisions with space...


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