Small satellite demonstrates possible solution for 'space junk'
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 21, 2018
The International Space Station serves as humanity's orbital research platform, conducting a variety of experiments and research projects while in orbit around the planet.
On June 20, 2018, the space station deployed the NanoRacks-Remove Debris satellite into space from outside the Japanese Kibo laboratory module.
This technology demonstration was designed to explore using a 3D camera to map the location and speed of orbital debris or "space junk."
The NanoRacks-Remove Debris satellite successfully deployed a net to capture a nanosatellite that simulates debris.
Collisions in space could have have serious consequences to the space station and satellites, but research has shown that removing the largest debris significantly reduces the chance of collisions.
DigitalGlobe and LeoLabs working to promote safe, responsible spaceflight
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 19, 2018
Since the dawn of the Space Age in the late 1950s, humans have been launching objects into space for military, commercial, and scientific purposes. Today, space environment models are used to estimate total numbers of objects in orbit, revealing there are 29,000 objects larger than 10 cm, 750,000 from 1 to 10 cm, and more than 166 million from 1 mm to 1 cm . Maxar's DigitalGlobe satellites orbit among the ever-growing debris cloud. It is imperative that debris objects are tracked for the safety of al ... read more
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