#space junk

Astronomers worry as private companies push ahead with satellite launches

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Since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, the lower orbit around the Earth has become an increasingly congested environment with more than 2,200 satellite launches to date. Those satellites – along with launch vehicle components and debris from mechanical disintegration, collisions and explosions – now fill this...

A recycling station could be cleaning up in Earth orbit by 2050

Deep Dive

Space junk: a recycling station could be cleaning up in Earth orbit by 2050 There are about 22,000 large objects orbiting the Earth, including working and broken satellites and bits of old rocket from past space expeditions. If you include all the equipment dropped by astronauts while floating...

Engineers want to use a plasma beams to push space junk out of orbit

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You might think litter is bad here on Earth but humanity junk extends well into space. It is estimated we have collectively produced 8,262 tons of space junk! A team of Engineers from Japan’s Tohoku University want to tackle the problem of discarded satellites, pieces of spacecraft and...