Soyuz Rocket Launches Four Satellites From French Guiana

Photo Credit: ESA / Corvaja

Tuesday, June 25 saw the launch of the first four satellites in a novel telecommunications network aimed at improving high-speed Internet access and mobile phone connectivity to vast numbers of people in developing parts of the world. The quartet of spacecraft, owned by the O3b company headquartered on […]

Countering the Threat Posed by Orbital Debris

In this computer simulation, the sheer amount of orbital debris becomes apparent—as does the need to find a way to prevent it. Image Credit: NASA

There’s a lot of junk up there. Around 20,000 bits and pieces of satellites and old rocket parts, bigger than 5 cm (2 inches) across, are floating around […]