Airbus tests harpoon meant to shoot down satellite-sized space junk

They’re after the Moby Dick of space.

China deems blasting space junk with a laser station is feasible

It’s a super James Bond-esque idea.

The International Space Station is mounting a new device to protect it from space junk

It’s a sensor that will tell scientists how common small, but dangerous debris are.

Wrapping paper-like spacecraft might one day collect junk and throw it into Earth’s atmospheric shredder

This may be crazy enough to work.

Gecko-inspired ‘Velcro’ could help cleanup our growing space junk problem

Inspired by nature, scientists tackle a sticky problem.

Powerful magnetic beams might one day solve our space junk problems

ESA is proposing the most promising ‘space janitor’ yet.

We’re launching a horde of tiny satellites, and that might eventually make space flight unusable

Space junk is cluttering space. One day, we might not be able to launch anything anymore.

Ballistic test on Kevlar shows what could happen to the ISS from space debris impacts

We’ve mentioned on numerous occasions the growing problem of space debris and voiced our concerns that, if left unchecked, the thousands of metal junk fragments currently out there could seriously affect space missions and even threaten lives. In Earth’s orbit, even a tiny metal fragment could potentially wreak havoc upon impact with a spacecraft or satellite because of the extremely high kinetic energies

ESA announces asteroid set for spaceship crash

The European Space Agency just announced the asteroid they chose for an upcoming controlled crash landing of one of their spacecraft. The objective? Well, more or less, they just want to see what happens. The Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission will intercept the asteroid, called Didymos, in 2022, when the asteroid gets within 11 million kilometers of Earth.

CO2 emissions might lead to more space junk hazard

Ever increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere are not only hazardous to life on the planet’s surface, but also to human operations in space. A new study has found that an increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere upper levels could push made-made objects orbiting the planet further away from their trajectories, resulting in a faster accumulation of space junk

ISS changes orbit to dodge space debris collision

The Russian space program’s Mission Control Center recently announced that the International Space Station will adjust its orbit to prevent a possible collision with a debris cloud from a Japanese satellite. The dodge is provisionally planned for 10.22am BST (9.22 GMT, 00.01 PST), time at which the Russian Zvevda module will fire its booster rockets and move the station to a different

ISS crew took to their escape pods this weekend after space debris collision alert

This Friday, ground mission control ordered the current stationed astronaut crew at the International Space Station to head for the escape capsules as a safety precaution in light of a threatening space junk flyby. This is the third time in 12 years an ISS crew had to take this extreme measure. The space debris in question was barely detected on

“Space Janitor” satellite announced to clean-up space debris

There are currently an estimated 19,000 individual space debris swirling around Earth’s orbit at 17,000 miles/hour, posing great threat to current active satellites, telescopes, future launches in orbit, the International Space Station and even astronauts out on space walks. It’s very clear that something must be done, before the Earth gets one of its own Saturn-like rings, but made of

Swiss scientists to launch “janitor” satellite to clean up space mess

When we started putting satellites on orbit, few could have pondered the idea of space junk, and even fewer would have guessed that a time will come when we will have to clean up after our spatial enterprises. But the time came, and really soon, and space junk is a real problem. This is why Swiss researchers announced their plans

The only person in the world ever to get hit by space junk

In January, 1997 Lottie Williams was strolling through a park in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her friends around 3:30 AM, when a dashing fireball appeared over the sky, much to the promenaders’ admiration. Moments later, Williams was hit in the shoulder by a small piece of fabric-like metal that weighed as much as an empty soda can. No serious injury occurred, but

Space junk didn’t hit the International Space Station – red alert canceled

Remarkably, a growing issue NASA scientists face everyday is space junk – tiny bits of scrap, bolts, rocket modules from launches and so on. All of them along the years have amassed to a point where it is now very dangerous for satellites, orbiting spacecrafts and especially the International Space Station to freely orbit Earth. It’s enough to keep in

NASA studies laser to remove space junk

Junk is not only limited to our planet, we have a problem with space pollution as well. In 1978, a brilliant NASA researcher named Donald Kessler predicted that a collision between two pieces of space junk could trigger a cascade of further impacts, which would create a significant quantity of debris which would then cause major trouble. He pointed out