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Space Debris
15th November 2021 • Russia has conducted an anti- satellite weapon (ASAT) test, resulting in over 1 500 pieces of trackable orbital debris and hundreds of thousands of smaller orbital debris. • U.S. State Department: “dangerous and irresponsible behavior by the Russian Federation” • The ISS crew sheltered in their lifeboats today due to the...
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Source: https://breakingdefense.com/2021/09/space-force-calls-for-trash-trucks-for-all-the-orbiting-junk/ Active debris removal is “definitely a need, and I think there is a use case for industry to get after that as a service-based opportunity,” said Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt. By THERESA HITCHENS on September 16 MAUI: There is a need for industry capabilities to clean up burgeoning amounts of space junk, and...
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SpaceX outlined more about its Starlink Gen2 plan in filings yesterday.Highlights:—Launching with Starship in preferred configuration—29,988 satellites at 9 orbital altitudes—Sats are larger, heavier, more powerful—Could accommodate other payloadshttps://t.co/YIqZAlP3RN— Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) August 19, 2021 Snippet: Elon Musk’s SpaceX revealed new details about plans for the next-generation of satellites in its Starlink internet system in federal...
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Source: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/jasonreportconstellations/ The U.S. National Science Foundation commissioned a study by the independent science advisory group JASON to assess the impact of current and planned large satellite constellations on astronomical observations in 2020. The charge for JASON was to: Understand the types and numbers of spacecraft planned for launch in the next decade.Understand the current...
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Source: CNBC PUBLISHED THU, JUN 3 2021 LeoLabs, a private venture that tracks objects and debris in low Earth orbit through a network of radars around the world, raised $65 million in capital in a new fundraising round, the company announced on Tuesday. “It’s a great endorsement of our success to date and where we’re...
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Canada Space Agency, 2021-05-28 Space can be a harsh and unforgiving environment for the robots and humans that explore it: the hazards are many, from massive temperature swings to radiation and orbital debris. Over 23,000 objects the size of a softball or larger are tracked 24/7 to detect potential collisions with satellites and the International Space...
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Jun 1, 2021 TODAY A piece of debris smacked into a robotic arm of the International Space Station, leaving a small hole, which operators noticed during a routine inspection last month. No one was injured and the arm is still functional, but the incident calls attention to the problems that the tens of thousands of...
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De Lucia, Vito and Iavicoli, Viviana, From Outer Space to Ocean Depths: The ‘Spacecraft Cemetery’ and the Protection of the Marine Environment in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (March 1, 2018). California Western International Law Journal, Vol. 49, No. 2, 2019, Available at SSRN:  https://ssrn.com/abstract=3153458 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3153458 Abstract This article aims at offering a preliminary exploration, from the...
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