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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The U.K. rocket startup Skyrora tested its Skylark Micro suborbital rocket last year. In the future, the company's rockets will be powered by a renewable fuel made from non-recyclable plastics. (Image credit: Skyrora)

Can biofuels make spaceflight greener? UK space startups reveal plans for cleaner rocket launches

By Tereza Pultarova, Published by Space.com, 25 October 2021 Biofuels tested by two British rocket start-ups seem to produce much fewer dangerous soot particles. Rocket launches can inject huge amounts of soot into higher layers of Earth's atmosphere, depending on their fuel, possibly contributing to climate change. A pair of

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