Reckless Anti-Satellite Missile Testing Leads to Space Waste Crisis


D-Orbit has entered into an agreement with Beyond Gravity to provide critical structural tools and components for the European Space Agency (ESA) reusable spacecraft. Satellite launch company D-Orbit, founded in Italy in 2011, will provide lightweight carbon fiber-reinforced polymer tools and metal parts for the spacecraft’s flight capabilities, it announced on Tuesday.

The deal, for an undisclosed amount, will see D-Orbit coordinate with Italian suppliers to help build the highly anticipated reusable rocket.

The rocket, known as the Space Rider, was inspired by eccentric billionaire and space pioneer Elon Musk, who was the first to successfully craft a rocket that was more than a one-shot wonder.

“We believe that this type of project, featuring collaboration between traditional businesses and New Space companies, is essential for the future of the new space economy,” said D-Orbit Chief Commercial Officer Renato Panesi. .

Space Rider is expected to be built by Thales Alenia Space, the project’s prime contractor, and will embark on missions lasting up to two months, testing pharmaceutical biomedicine and physical science experiments, as space becomes increasingly in addition to a commercial domain.

United States: too much debris for anti-missile tests

The United States has pledged to stop “reckless” anti-satellite missile (ASAT) testing, in an effort to reduce the amount of space debris stuck in Earth’s orbit, Vice President Kamala Harris said this week .

Space debris poses a significant threat to satellites also in orbit, and with at least 900,000 pieces of scrap – which also include spent rocket bodies and even astronaut tools – space agencies in the West have turned their attention towards the growing problem.

In a statement on Tuesday, Harris said: “The long-lived debris created by these tests now threatens satellites and other space objects that are vital to the security, economic and scientific interests of all nations, and increase the risk to astronauts in space. Taken together, these tests undermine the long-term sustainability of outer space and jeopardize the exploration and use of space by all nations.

“Developing a common understanding of what constitutes safe and responsible space activities contributes to a more stable space environment by reducing the risk of miscommunication and miscalculation.

“This is particularly important as there is an ever-increasing number of states and non-governmental entities that rely on space services and space assets that are vulnerable to debris.”

It follows a report by the US security agency, saying that “China has also developed and will probably continue to develop weapons for use against orbiting satellites to degrade and deny adversary space capabilities. Related: Food prices soar as Russia’s war in Ukraine lingers

ASAT missile tests have already been carried out by countries such as the United States, China, India and Russia.

However, the announcement received backlash from Russian space agency boss and Putin ally Dmitry Rogozin on Twitter, during which he posted a photo of the International Space Station explosion.

Rogozin, emerging as a controversial figure on the social media platform, suggested that instead of the pledge being a gesture of goodwill, it was instead because the tests would no longer be needed.

“The United States has completed a series of anti-satellite weapons tests and has brought them into service with the US Space Force,” he wrote in response to Harris’ statements.

Delta and Starlink

The boss of US airline Delta has admitted that the carrier and SpaceX are in talks for Musk’s satellite broadband service on board his flights.

SpaceX executive Jonathan Hofeller previously spoke about the company’s talks with multiple airlines in 2021, The Wall Street Journal first reported.

Musk tweeted this time last year that Starlink antennas for airplanes would need to be certified for each aircraft type first – but would focus on popular people carriers such as 737 and A320 planes .

The aviation satellite connection market is “ripe for an overhaul,” Hofellor told a satellite conference last month.

While widespread adoption is believed to be a long way off, stay tuned.

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