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International Space Station To Boost To New Orbit To Avoid Space Debris
2012-10-03 06:07:52

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Russian space agency´s Mission Control said it will need to move the International Space Station (ISS) into a new orbit to avoid a possible collision with space debris, Interfax news agency reported today. Mission Control spokeswoman Nadyezhda Zavyalova said the Russian Zvezda module will fire its booster rockets on Thursday at 7:22 a.m. Moscow time (0322 GMT) to clear the orbiting lab from the path of a fragment of...

Asteroid's Magnetic Mojo Loss Explained
2012-09-25 05:52:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dr Christopher Russell presented a paper at the European Planetary Science Congress on Tuesday, explaining why one asteroid has lost its magnetic mojo. Asteroid 2201 Oljato orbits the Sun every 3.2 years, and during its lifetime, NASA's Pioneer Venus Orbiter has observed three passages of the space rock between Venus and the Sun. Each time the asteroid has been observed, Oljato had a marked increase in the region of unusual magnetic...

Space Safety Radar To Be Developed By European Industry
2012-09-12 14:15:09

ESA will boost European industrial expertise by developing a new radar as part of the Agency´s Space Situational Awareness programme. The radar will test future debris monitoring techniques, helping European satellite operators avoid space hazards and increase safety in Earth orbit. ESA and France´s ONERA — Office National d´Etudes et Recherches Aérospatiales — research centre have signed a 4 million contract that will see the French organisation and...

Gravity Satellite Will Benefit Future Missions
2012-07-20 15:21:31

ESA´s GOCE satellite is not only mapping Earth´s gravity with unrivalled precision, but is also revealing new insight into air density and wind in space. This additional information is expected to improve the design and operation of future Earth observation missions. Most satellites orbit Earth higher than 400 km. Lower than that and atmospheric drag causes them to slow down quickly and reenter the atmosphere prematurely. This posed a problem for the designers of the GOCE...

Bee-Hive-6_H1
2012-07-10 08:43:29

Next year´s Hollywood film Gravity features George Clooney stranded in orbit by cascading space junk. The threat is genuine, with debris levels rising steadily. ESA´s new Clean Space initiative is developing methods of preserving near-Earth space — and the terrestrial environment, too. Responding to public environmental concerns, Clean Space aims to reduce the environmental effect of Europe´s space activities, cutting waste and pollution on Earth and in orbit....

Robots Required In Hunt For ET, Engineer Suggests
2012-04-19 06:09:00

A Penn State engineer suggests that finding and identifying extraterrestrial life may require a big leap in robotics. John D. Mathews, professor of electrical engineering, wrote in the current issue of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society that if there are aliens out there, they may not be eager to meet humans. He said that only by developing self-replicating robotic spacecraft would the human race be capable of efficiently exploring the vastness of the universe. "If...

2012-03-29 22:39:35

An ionic motor for small satellites The first prototype of a new, ultra-compact motor that will allow small satellites to journey beyond Earth's orbit is just making its way out of the EPFL laboratories where it was built. The goal of the micro motor: to drastically reduce the cost of space exploration. Imagine reaching the Moon using just a tenth of a liter of fuel. With their ionic motor, MicroThrust, EPFL scientists and their European partners are making this a reality and ushering...

Engineers Working Towards Laser Deflection Of Asteroids
2012-03-28 10:26:01

Protecting the Earth from an extinction-threatening asteroid has in the past been left up to Hollywood, which has deployed a barrage of special effects box office blockbusters that have kept deadly space rocks from smashing our planet into oblivion. But now, Scottish engineers have come up with a plausible way of dealing with asteroids that doesn´t include Hollywood special effects. Engineers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow are developing an innovative technique based on...

Swiss Scientists Working On New 'Janitor Satellite'
2012-02-16 05:51:54

Swiss scientists said they are planning to launch a satellite specifically designed to help get rid of space junk. The "janitor satellite" will cost $11-million and is being built by the Swiss Space Center at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). EPFL said its launch would come within three to five years. On its first mission the CleanSpace One will grab one of two Swiss satellites launched in 2009 and 2010. According to NASA, over 500,000 pieces of space...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.