Visualisations of satellites orbiting earth

From Quartz, an interactive graphic of every active satellite orbiting earth – all 1200 of them (as at August 2014). The graphic’s based on data from the Union of Concerned Scientists, and lets you filter by age of satellite, launch country, purpose or primary user. You can also animate the satellites into their orbits, and see …

Cleaning up space debris

The proliferation of debris orbiting the Earth – primarily jettisoned rocket and satellite components – is an increasingly pressing problem for spacecraft, and it can generate huge costs. To combat this scourge, the Swiss Space Center at EPFL aims to launch CleanSpace One, a project to develop and build the first instalment of a family of …