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Government backs UK Companies Tackling Dangerous Space Junk

16 Sep 2020, 14:59 UTC
Government backs UK Companies Tackling Dangerous Space Junk
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Distribution of space debris around Earth (Credit: ESA)

Seven UK companies have been awarded a share of over £1 million to help track debris in space

Currently there are approximately 160 million objects in orbit – mainly debris – which could collide with satellites vital to services we use every dayUK Space Agency and Ministry of Defence sign formal agreement to work together on monitoring threats and hazards in orbit

SWINDON, UK (UK Space Agency PR) –Seven pioneering projects which will develop new sensor technology or artificial intelligence to monitor hazardous space debris, have been announced today by the UK Space Agency.

The UK Space Agency and Ministry of Defence have also announced the next step in their joint initiative to enhance the UK’s awareness of events in space.

Estimates of the amount of space debris in orbit vary, from around 900,000 pieces of space junk larger than 1cm to over 160 million orbital objects in total. Only a fraction of this debris can currently be tracked and avoided by working satellites. The UK has a significant opportunity to benefit from the new age of satellite megaconstellations – vast networks made up of hundreds or even thousands of spacecraft – ...

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