Near Collision of Rocket Part, Satellite in Orbit Stirs up Space Junk Worries

Reading Time: 5 minutes An artist’s illustration of operational and defunct satellites crowding Earth’s geostationary orbit, 35,786 km above ground. Image: ESA/ID&Sense/ONiRiXEL, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. In 1989, the Soviet Union launched a navigation satellite called Kosmos 2004 from one of its northern cosmodromes. Twenty years later, in an unrelated event, China launched a rocket called CZ-4C, to put …

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The Test Flight of SpaceX’s Starship Prototype SN 8 Is Excitement Guaranteed

Reading Time: 4 minutes An artist’s impression of the SpaceX Starship beginning its descent over Mars. Image: SpaceX. It’s been a year since SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the prototype of Starship, which is a two-stage fully reusable rocket the company hopes to use for interplanetary missions. Since then, and after a series of tests, SpaceX has reported that …

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US Court Asks Antrix to Pay Bengaluru Startup Devas $1.2 Billion

Reading Time: 3 minutes Featured image: Antrix is the commercial arm of ISRO. Photo: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas Washington: A US court has asked Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of ISRO, to pay compensation of $1.2 billion to a Bengaluru-based startup, Devas Multimedia, for cancelling a satellite deal in 2005. As per the agreement in January 2005, Antrix agreed to build, …

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The Startup Building the First Constellation of Satellites To Track Space Debris

Reading Time: 8 minutes An artist’s impression of multiple human-made satellites orbiting Earth. Image: NorthStar E&S. Space is becoming more cluttered. Earth’s orbits are together likely to represent a $1 trillion economy in the next 20 years, by housing the highest number of satellites in history. Multiple companies, but especially SpaceX, OneWeb, Telesat and Amazon, have plans to launch …

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After 20 Years in Space, the ISS Has Many Lessons for Us About Living in Space

Reading Time: 5 minutes NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson looks through a window in the cupola of the International Space Station, in September 2010. Photo: NASA. November 2 marks 20 years since the first residents arrived on the International Space Station (ISS). The orbiting habitat has been continuously occupied ever since. Twenty straight years of life in space makes …

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