With rogue satellites and other junk floating in space, European firm Airbus is developing a harpoon to remove most of it. Airbus is currently testing the capabilities of the harpoon inside the company’s facility.
Space March 15, 2018
Space junk is a growing threat against satellites and spacecraft such as the International Space Station. To solve the problem, scientists from China suggested for the space debris to be blasted with lasers.
Space January 16, 2018
SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will go on a resupply service mission next week to the International Space Station. Included in the cargo is the Space Debris Sensor, which will provide additional protection to the space station from space debris.
Space December 8, 2017
The U.S. space agency is sending the Space Debris Sensor to the ISS to study dust-sized debris. The SDS will observe space junk that is smaller than a millimeter.
Space December 2, 2017
Space debris that orbit Earth pose threats to satellites and even to astronauts stationed at the ISS. A robot gripper with adhesive inspired by the feet of the geckos may offer solution to the space junk problem.
Space June 28, 2017
Scientists sound the alarm on space debris and their dangers on satellites and spacecraft. Find out, for instance, how protected the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit is.
Space April 20, 2017
NASA was able to prevent the Maven Mars orbiter from potentially colliding with the red planet's moon Phobos. Here's why similar incidents are not as easily avoided around Earth.
Space March 6, 2017
Japan's space agency launched a magnetic tether that would clean up orbiting debris in space. About 100 million pieces of space junk pose threats to the International Space Station and satellites.
Space December 10, 2016
Space junk may someday cause World War III, says a Russian scientist. The potential damage of these debris on military satellites may be misinterpreted by countries as deliberate attacks.
Space January 26, 2016
A researcher at the University College London crafted a visualization which shows how much the Earth’s orbit has been cluttered with debris in the last 58 years. We highlighted the reasons for the growing pollution and some ways to keep it under control.
FUTURE TECH December 29, 2015
An astronomer at the University College London compiled a mesmerizing minute-long video that illustrates the 60-year history of chucking junk into outer space — all in less than 60 seconds.
Space December 22, 2015
After orbiting the Earth, WT1190F fell back to the planet and flew off the coast of Sri Lanka as expected. A re-entry video by experts who set up observation centers above the ground was able to capture the so-called space junk as it zoomed past the sky.
Space November 13, 2015
Astronomers predicted that the space object nicknamed "WTF 1190" will crash back into the Earth on November 13. Will it cause massive destruction when it crash-lands into the Indian Ocean?
Space October 28, 2015
A bright light seen streaking over Georgia on Monday was speculated as a UFO, meteorite and space junk. NASA finally confirmed what this bright and colorful object is.
Space June 30, 2015
Scientists propose using a high-power telescope teamed with a laser to identify and blast space junk that might threaten the International Space Station. Such as system would be inexpensive compared with other current proposals for dealing with space debris, they say.
Space May 18, 2015
A group of scientists proposed a system for eliminating smaller pieces of space junk. The group plans to use fiber optic laser, which could catch objects as small as a centimeter in diameter.
Geek April 18, 2015
The chief of Russia's Space Command announced the discovery of alleged spy satellites disguised as space junk orbiting above the country's territories.
Geek April 13, 2015
Go fishing in space? Tests are under way as the ESA is considering using fishing nets for capturing space debris and clearing junk from busy orbit lanes.
Space March 25, 2015
Astrobotic is a new company offering the chance to send items to the Moon - could this be the start of hauling garbage to space?
Space December 12, 2014
A new study by researchers at the University of Southampton warns that the influx of CubeSats into the Earth's orbit could eventually result in collisions with and damage to other objects there.
Geek October 1, 2014
Not a meteor nor an asteroid, but piece of Russian rocket creates cosmic light show over Australia. Twitter and YouTube awash in reports, video of dramatic fireball.
Space July 11, 2014