New laser station lights the way to space debris reduction

New laser station lights the way to debris reduction

Adapted from the ESA’s Safety & Security/Debris page. From satellite tracking to debris Imagine lasers pointing from Earth into the skies, seeking out satellites and bits of space trash and measuring their positions and trajectories to prevent catastrophic collisions. You don’t have to try too hard – this is very nearly the day-to-day reality at ESA’s new […]

Incoming! SpaceX Debris enroute to the Moon

Incoming! SpaceX Debris enroute to the Moon

From ESA’s Safety & Security Page. The Moon is set to gain one more crater. A leftover SpaceX Falcon 9 upper stage will impact the lunar surface in early March, marking the first time that a human-made debris item unintentionally reaches our natural satellite. In 2015 the Falcon 9 placed NOAA’s DSCOVR climate observatory around […]

Astroscale raises $109 million Series F round

Astroscale raises $109 million Series F round

Astroscale announced Nov. 25 that it raised $109 million from European and Japanese investors in a round it says will allow it to accelerate plans for active debris removal and satellite servicing.

Clearing the heavens of space junk

Clearing the heavens of space junk

If you’re going to be a character in a space movie, like “Space Cowboys” or “Gravity,” you’ve got to watch out for space junk; everybody knows that. But what not everyone knows is that that plot twist isn’t fiction anymore.