Wednesday, 5 October, 2022
TopicSpace debris

Topic: Space debris

Last year’s Chinese rocket stage reenters over Maharashtra, MP producing a spectacular display

The third stage of the Long March 3B rocket, used to launch the JSW-6 communication satellite in February last year, was being tracked for a week before its reentry.

China puts focus on congestion in space by flagging SpaceX satellites’ near-misses to UN

An expert says China could spur international community to update a treaty rooted in the Cold War as it flagged the issue of SpaceX satellites' close encounters with its space lab.

Why a giant piece of Chinese rocket is set to hit Earth & what could happen when it does

The piece of debris is the core booster stage of the rocket. It is 30 m long and weighs over 20,000 kg, making it among the largest & heaviest pieces of space debris to fall back to earth.

Tumbling Chinese rocket could re-enter Earth atmosphere soon but landing area not known

China drew NASA criticism last year when debris from another Long March 5B rocket re-entered the atmosphere, with pieces of debris as long as 39 ft landing in Cote d’Ivoire.

Celestial fireworks tonight as Geminids meteor shower set to peak

The meteor shower is intensifying every year, and is best viewed between 2 am and 3 am. 

How solutions found for space garbage could help fix the plastic problem on Earth

Agencies advise capturing space waste with harpoons, nets or robotic arms and bring it it back to Earth in one piece, a process that can be replicated to gather plastic in the ocean.

‘Tow truck’ in space to remove debris — European agency announces first-of-its-kind mission

The mission, called ClearSpace-1, will be launched in 2025, and will target some of the 128 million-plus pieces of debris floating around the Earth’s orbit.

At least 28 pieces of debris from India’s A-SAT missile test still floating in space

NASA tracked at least 101 pieces of debris initially, 28 of them still remain in low Earth orbit, says astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell.

It’s time to bring in regulation for outer space

Growth of commercial space companies and the desire of more and more governments to exploit space is dramatically increasing collision risks.

Most debris from anti-satellite test in March has decayed: DRDO chief

DRDO chief G Satheesh Reddy's statement comes weeks after NASA was critical of the A-SAT test, saying the debris could damage the International Space Station.

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The BMW i4 eDrive40. Photo Credit: BMW

Ukraine crisis gave auto sector a crude shock. See how India is responding

The PLI scheme as well as other sops for manufacturing, show that despite some public missteps, government is trying to coax manufacturing into India.

Indian refiners scout for oil deals ahead of EU ban on Russian crude imports

European Union ban on Russian crude imports from 5 Dec will drive European refiners to buy more Middle East oil, putting them in competition with Asian buyers.


IAF chief Air Chief Marshal V. R. Chaudhari with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Twitter/ @IAF_MCC

Need organisation structure best suited to Indian conditions, IAF on theatre commands

The IAF chief said the model of integration that India adopts must be future-ready, must reduce levels of decision-making, and capitalise on the strength of all three services.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.