Space Debris Has Hit The International Space Station

A piece of space debris has hit and damaged part of the International Space Station - namely, the Canadarm2 robotic arm. It's a reminder that the low-Earth orbit's space junk problem is a ticking time bomb.

A Spacecraft That Could Grab Dead Satellites With Magnets

The company, called Astroscale, has designed a spacecraft with a magnetic plate that can attach to dead satellites. That enables it to pull the satellites into a freefall.

World's biggest drone to launch satellites into space

US-based firm Aevum has unveiled a massive drone called the Ravn X that is designed to act as an autonomous, airborne launch system for small satellites.

US-European Mission Launches to Monitor the World's Oceans

Sentinel-6 satellite lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Nov 21. Its mission now is to measure and chart the rise of the sea level more precisely than ever before. 

China sends first 6G Test Satellite into orbit

China sent "the world's first 6G test satellite" into the orbit with a launch of Long March 6 carrier rocket on Friday. The satellite will become "the first technical verification of terahertz communication" tested in space.

Satellites picture methane across the globe

This new tool allows you to move around the world to see how concentrations of the powerful greenhouse gas vary in space and time. Just like CO2, Methane (CH4) is increasing in the atmosphere. It is now above 1,876 ppb.

Two commercial satellites link up for first time

A robotic servicing spacecraft has hooked up with an aging satellite over the Pacific Ocean. It accomplished the first link-up between two commercial satellites in space, and the first docking with a satellite that was never designed to receive a visitor.

SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites

SpaceX's launch of its next 60 Starlink satellites proceeded smoothly on Wednesday morning. About 1 hour after launch, the stack of satellites deployed into low-Earth orbit. The Falcon 9 rocket's thrice-used first stage landed on the drone ship.

NASA launches a space weather satellite to ionosphere

The satellite called Icon, or Ionospheric Connection Explorer, will transmit data intended to help scientists understand the physical processes at work where Earth's atmosphere interacts with near-Earth space.

Satellites Would be Able to De-Orbit Themselves at the end of Their Life

There are at least 34,000 pieces of large debris in Low Earth Orbit. Now spanish scientists has come up with a simple but elegant idea: equip future satellites with a tether system so they can de-orbit themselves at the end of their lives.

SpaceX launches 60 little satellites, with many more to come

SpaceX has launched 60 little satellites, the first of thousands that founder Elon Musk plans to put in orbit for global internet coverage.

OneWeb of 900 internet satellites in space

US-based company OneWeb along with Airbus hopes to get everyone on the planet on the internet. After starting up seven years ago, the company is finally starting to launch a fleet of about 900 satellites into a low-Earth orbit.

Scientists fire harpoon on mission to eradicate space junk

A spacecraft has successfully fired a harpoon into a target orbiting Earth in an operation that could help clean-up the tonnes of space junk threatening telecommunications satellites.

Some of our best hopes for mitigating the threat of space debris

In 60 years of space exploration, we've placed almost 7,000 satellites in orbit. Less than a third still function. The rest is dangerous junk - and their number is growing. Here's how we might mitigate the threat.

SpaceX ties its record for most launches in a year

With Thursday's launch, SpaceX has now flown 18 mission this year, tying its record set in 2017. The company could fly as many as four more rockets this year.