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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...

NASA Warns Lawmakers More Funding Needed To Protect Earth From Doomsday Asteroids
2013-03-20 09:23:02

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The giant Chicxulub crater in Yucatan is evidence that sometime around 65 million years ago a massive asteroid smashed into the earth wiping out most life that existed at that time, including all non-avian dinosaurs. While it is hard to imagine a similar scenario taking place today, there is currently little that we could do but sit and “pray.” That is unless, of course, the government can do more now to ensure...

Russian Satellite Nailed By Chinese Space Debris, Orbit Affected
2013-03-12 14:50:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Besides ruining the appearance of a landscape, litterbugs contribute to unsanitary and unsafe conditions, resulting in many communities issuing steep fines for anyone caught tossing their trash where it doesn´t belong. A recent event involving a Russian satellite suggests that we may have to take our approach to litterbugs and apply it to outer space as well. According to a report from the Colorado-based Analytical Graphics,...

Space Dust Likely Culprit Behind Fallen Satellites
2013-02-27 12:00:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to an aeronautics and astronautics professor at Stanford University, "space dust" is the likely culprit behind why satellites fail. Satellites are threatened by both asteroids and "space junk," which are particles of man-made debris that orbit Earth. However, the threat from these impacts is actually relatively low, and most satellites that have died in space were knocked out by something entirely different. Space dust,...

Rocket Launch For Indian Space Research Organization On Monday
2013-02-25 04:43:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The first Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launch of 2013 — and the organization´s 101st such mission overall — is scheduled to take place Monday morning, as a four-stage rocket will carry a payload of seven satellites into space, according to various media reports. On Sunday evening, an unidentified ISRO official told the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) the countdown was progressing smoothly and on...

NASA Says Russian Meteorite 1000 Times Larger Than Originally Estimated
2013-02-22 14:13:51

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Initial reports put last Friday´s (Feb 15) Chebarkul meteorite that exploded over Russia´s Urals region at about 10 tons. But after careful analysis, NASA released new information that puts the meteorite closer to 10,000 tons–1,000 times larger than the estimated size reported by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). “My guess is that someone eyeballed the videos and made an educated guess,” said...

UN Prepares For Stormy Space Weather
2013-02-14 11:00:47

NASA Science Rewind to the late 1950s. The Soviet Union had just launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik. The United States, caught short, was scrambling to catch up, kick-starting a Cold War space race that would last for decades. Space was up for grabs, and it seemed like anything could happen. Into this void stepped the United Nations. In 1958, the General Assembly "recognizing the common interest of mankind in furthering the peaceful use of outer space ... and desiring to...

NASA Set To Demonstrate Robotic Refueling Mission
2013-01-15 13:33:16

[Watch Video: RRM Day One - Captured] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA is about to take a new step in advancing robotic satellite-servicing technologies by testing the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM). The space agency's investigation could impact the satellites that deliver products Americans rely on daily, such as weather reports, cell phones and television news. Controllers will be using the International Space Station's (ISS) remotely operated...

NASA Takes Next Step In Advancing Robotic Satellite-servicing Technologies
2013-01-11 13:06:55

NASA In mid-January, NASA will take the next step in advancing robotic satellite-servicing technologies as it tests the Robotic Refueling Mission, or RRM aboard the International Space Station. The investigation may one day substantially impact the many satellites that deliver products Americans rely upon daily, such as weather reports, cell phones and television news. During five days of operations, controllers from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency will use the space station's...

Astronaut Space Trash Is A Spaceship Treasure
2013-01-03 13:50:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers at NASA are evaluating tiles made of space trash to determine whether they can be used as radiation shielding during a deep-space mission. The tiles were produced at NASA's Ames Research Center in California, where engineers developed and built a compactor that melts trash but doesn't incinerate it. Once the space trash is compacted, the garbage can become 8-inch diameter tiles about half an inch thick, NASA says....