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Falling NASA Satellite

Coverage of UARS Spacecraft\'s crash

Finally, the NASA spacecraft named UARS (Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite) will crash out of control tomorrow, with a little risk of debris impact in populated areas, though the predictions are still vague.

As the last NASA update states :

As of 1:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 21, 2011, the orbit of UARS was 120 mi by 130 mi (190 km by 205 km). Re-entry is expected sometime during the afternoon of Sept. 23, Eastern Daylight Time. The satellite will not be passing over North America during that time period. It is still too early to predict the time and location of re-entry with any more certainty, but predictions will become more refined in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Our project aims just to avoid this kind of situations since the Electrodynamic tether technology would allow to keep available a reliable deorbiting system up to the end of the life of the spacecraft, closing its cycle in a predictable, reliable and safe way.

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