Russia ASAT Test: UK Space Agency response and analysis of the debris

By Athene Gadsby, Published by UK Space Agency, 24 November 2021 On 15 November 2021, the UK’s Space Operations Centre (UKSpOC) based at High Wycombe started monitoring the fragmentation of COSMOS1408 – an inactive, two tonne Russian satellite which had been struck by a Russian anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test. Fragmentation events are the break-up or explosion of objects in

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Space: The U.S. Has Questions for Russia, Which Has More for the U.S.

By Vladimir Kozin, Published by World Beyond War, 22 November 2021 On November 15, 2021, the Russian Ministry of Defense carried out the successful destruction of the discontinued and decommissioned national spacecraft named “Tselina-D”, which was put into orbit back in 1982. The head of the Russian Defense Ministry, Sergei

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NASA indicated that the debris forced astronauts aboard the ISS to perform emergency actions, with the crew directed to close hatches to radial modules on the station, including Columbus, Kibo, the Permanent Multipurpose Module, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, and the Quest Joint Airlock. Russia's Roscosmos confirmed that Russian cosmonauts were instructed to shelter in the Soyuz spacecraft as a safety precaution.

Russian MoD: US Perfectly Aware Fragments of Downed Satellite Pose No Threat to Space Activities

By Staff Writers, Published by Space Daily, 18 November 2021 Moscow (Sputnik) - On Monday, State Department spokesman Ned Price accused Russia of "recklessly" carrying out a destructive satellite test using an anti-satellite missile against a defunct Soviet satellite. Washington claims the test generated "over 1,500 pieces of trackable orbital

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Can a space war be stopped?

By Paul Robinson, Published by Russia Today, 18 November 2021 News that Russia has tested an anti-satellite missile has sparked concern for spacecraft and, more worryingly, highlighted the lack of international treaties regulating space weapons, meaning the cosmos is becoming a battleground. While the US currently opposes controls on orbital

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This illustration from the European Space Agency represents all the space debris 1 mm in size and larger that is currently orbiting Earth. A 2018 report compares the problem of rocket emissions to that of space debris — another problem that wasn't tackled when it was small. (IRAS/TU Braunschweig)

Steve Wozniak’s startup Privateer plans to launch hundreds of satellites to study space debris

By Mike Wall, Published by Space.com, 18 November 2021 Privateer aims to characterize space junk like never before. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's startup Privateer aims to help humanity get the goods on space junk before it's too late. The Hawaii-based company, whose existence Wozniak and co-founder Alex Fielding announced in

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