Spacejunk

12.03.15
Scientists built a spacecraft that converts junk to fuel
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Scientists built a spacecraft that converts junk to fuel

A new debris-eating spacecraft could clean up the skies.

By C. Klimovski,   12.03.15
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08.26.15
Russia's next space station trip will take days, not hours
08.26.15

Russia's next space station trip will take days, not hours

The next Russian trip to the International Space Station will have to take two days, rather than a far more pleasant six hours.

By J. Fingas,   08.26.15
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08.27.14
Lockheed Martin to track space junk from the Australian Outback
08.27.14

Lockheed Martin to track space junk from the Australian Outback

In the movie Gravity, masses upon masses of floating debris hurtled through space at alarming spee...

By M. Moon,   08.27.14
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08.10.13
Air Force might shutter satellite- and space junk-tracking Space Fence soon
08.10.13

Air Force might shutter satellite- and space junk-tracking Space Fence soon

We imagine the Air Force is none too pleased that Space Fence might shutter as soon as September 1...

By M. Moon,   08.10.13
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07.09.13
Murchison Widefield Array goes live, will study the sun, space junk, the early universe and more
07.09.13

Murchison Widefield Array goes live, will study the sun, space junk, the early universe and more

We hope IBM's hardware is ready to chew through the feast of data it's going to receive, as the Mu...

By J. Rigg,   07.09.13
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10.08.12
UK engineers developing harpoon that could help space junk meet a fiery end
10.08.12

UK engineers developing harpoon that could help space junk meet a fiery end

Sure, we can pull space junk out of orbit with lasers or use it to cobble together new satellites,...

By A. Santos,   10.08.12
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06.28.12
Pentagon starts Phoenix trial to harvest defunct satellites, MacGyver new ones from orbit
06.28.12

Pentagon starts Phoenix trial to harvest defunct satellites, MacGyver new ones from orbit

The Phoenix Frankenprogram to harvest the corpses of expired satellites and cobble together new on...

By S. Dent,   06.28.12
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10.21.11
DARPA's Dr. Frankenllite could plunder space graves, create orbital abominations (video)
10.21.11

DARPA's Dr. Frankenllite could plunder space graves, create orbital abominations (video)

There are countless satellites, long deactivated, orbiting the Earth in what amounts to a giant c...

By T. O'Brien,   10.21.11
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03.15.11
In lasers we trust: NASA researches 5kW galactic trash disposal system
03.15.11

In lasers we trust: NASA researches 5kW galactic trash disposal system

Space junk is a growing problem -- 200,000 pieces and counting -- and as the amount of earth's orbi...

By M. Gorman,   03.15.11
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