Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Space

India Blew up a Satellite. Now A “Space Fence” Is Tracking Its Debris

India Blew up a Satellite. Now A “Space Fence” Is Tracking Its Debris 1

Explosive Demonstration

Last month, India demonstrated its capabilities as a spacefaring nation and drew international criticism when it used a missile to blew up one of its own satellites.

The launch happened to coincide with Lockheed Martin’s test run of a new space monitoring technology called the Space Fence, which can detect and track any unregistered objects orbiting the Earth. According to Space News, that was a stroke of luck that could mitigate damage to people and equipment in space.

Picket Fence

The satellite explosion essentially turned the satellite into a cloud of space debris, which could in the future collide with other satellites, scientific instruments, or astronauts in orbit around the Earth — remember “Gravity”?

“We happened to be up during an endurance test and we were very excited to see that the system performed nominally,” Matthew Hughes, Lockheed Martin business development manager, told Space News. “Space fence is all about the ability to identify break ups, maneuvers, closely spaced objects, proximity operations, new foreign launches.”

While Space Fence isn’t an actual blockade in space, it can at least help officials prepare for and plan around collisions.

READ MORE: Indian anti-satellite test proves early test for Space Fence [Space News]

Source link

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Comments

You May Also Like

Bizzare & Odd

US Air Force experts analyze strange incidents in near-earth orbit: someone or something destroys satellites, tearing them apart. The US military reported the destruction...

Planet Earth

In the Indian city of Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, more than 300 people were admitted to hospitals with symptoms ranging from nausea to loss of...

Bizzare & Odd

The outgoing year, turned out to be very difficult, but for some it became especially fatal. For example, for the Briton Ian Jones, he definitely...

Ancient

In India in the southeast of the country, archaeological student Vasudeva Reddy from Yoga Veman University, at the instructions of local residents, discovered a...

Spirituality

The construction of the Taj Mahal (literally translated from the Persian language as “Crown of the Mughals”) was associated with the name of the...

Bizzare & Odd

Do not repeat this at home. Srinivasa Siddhar, a priest from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, performed a religious ceremony on May 22...

Planet Earth

Scholars at the Schmidt Ocean Institute research ship Falkor are in the Indian Ocean on an expedition to explore the Ningalu Canyons off the...

Science & Technology

India plans to launch a test unmanned mission with a Viom Mitra robot on board in December 2020. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)...

Advertisement