Crew in both the Russian and American parts of the station went into the Soyuz and SpaceX Crew Dragon capsules in case the debris collided with the ISS. They were instructed to shelter in space in fear of a collision.
Ten companies and organizations from across the space industry have vowed to devise concrete measures for reducing the amount of in-orbit debris by 2030.
The International Space Station will perform a brief manoeuvre on Wednesday to dodge a fragment of a defunct Chinese satellite.
“It’s a safety concern is the bottom-line,” NASA astronaut Raja Chari said. “Right now, we’re relying on people’s goodwill to not leave junk behind.”
Aurora Propulsion Technologies will be sending up space junk removal tech on Rocket Lab’s Electron later this year
Aurora Propulsion Technologies, a Finnish company that develops thrusters and de-orbiting modules for small satellites, will be sending its technology to space for the first time. The company has signed on with Rocket Lab to send its inaugural AuroraSat-1 CubeSat into low Earth orbit aboard an Electron rocket rideshare mission in the fourth quarter of this year.
Elon Musk says SpaceX’s Starship could ‘chomp up’ space junk with its moving door on the way to Mars
Collecting space junk will reduce the risk of collisions involving dead satellites and other debris.
A robotic arm attached to the outside of the International Space Station has been hit with space junk and visibly damaged, according to the Canadian Space Agency.
A pallet of batteries was released from the International Space Station, becoming the heaviest single piece of junk ever jettisoned from the station.
Mission controllers in Houston commanded the Canadarm2 robotic arm to release an external pallet loaded with the 2.9 tons of nickel-hydrogen batteries into Earth’s orbit Thursday morning.
“It is safely moving away from the station and will orbit Earth between two to four years before burning up harmlessly in the atmosphere,” NASA said in a statement.