Tag Archives: Orbital Debris

‘Terminator Tape’ will fight orbital debris

Bothell, Wash.-based Tethers Unlimited will have its technology for deorbiting space debris put to its most ambitious test next year, during a satellite mission that will be conducted in league with TriSept Corp., Millennium Space Systems and Rocket Lab. The technology, known as Terminator Tape, involves … Continue reading

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A way-out plan to turn space junk into treasure

What can be done with the thousands of dead satellites orbiting Earth? Some commercial ventures are hatching plans to get rid of them, but one expert has laid out a scheme for turning them into building materials … for the moon. … Continue reading

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VP Mike Pence addresses the space traffic jam

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Trump administration is getting set to sign off on a new set of procedures for managing space traffic and minimizing space junk, Vice President Mike Pence said today. During an opening address to the 34th … Continue reading

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Tiangong-1 space lab burns up over the Pacific

China’s Tiangong-1 space lab is no more. The 8.5-ton spacecraft re-entered the atmosphere at about 5:15 p.m. PT today (00:15 GMT on April 2) over the Pacific Ocean, and any pieces that survived the fiery plunge should have fallen into … Continue reading

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Chinese space lab heads for a fall this weekend

After months of tracking China’s uncontrollable Tiangong-1 space lab, satellite watchers have narrowed down the time frame for its final, fiery plunge through the atmosphere — and it’s this weekend. Get the full story on GeekWire.

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Chinese space junk sparks meteor reports

A bright streak in the sky generated hundreds of meteor sighting reports from Southern California to British Columbia, but it didn’t take long for the flash to be traced to the re-entry of a Chinese rocket stage. The fireball was … Continue reading

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Mystery object’s breakup caught on video

Scientists flying on an instrument-laden jet captured great video views of a mysterious space object known as WT1190F as it streaked through the air and burned up over the Indian Ocean today. The pictures were put on the Web just … Continue reading

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