They are being designed to possess the velocity to de-orbit
before completing one full orbit of the Earth.
The money will help to fund projects like the Daedalus experiment which is exploring the effect on satellites of so-called de-orbit
The large amount of propellant each interceptor needs to de-orbit
and maneuver into an oncoming missile could also be used to change its orbital trajectory to intercept another satellite," it said.
In addition to testing wireless communications within the satellite while in orbit, the mission will include the testing of a passive de-orbit
system for the ISS to bring samples back to earth in an "on-demand" model.
Little was known about the impact of spaceflight on living creatures at the time of Laika's mission, and the technology to de-orbit
had not yet been developed, and therefore Laika's survival was not expected.
The purpose of the de-orbit
burn is to increase speed, that changes the trajectory to the exact optimum.
A new de-orbit
technique, Exo-Brakes are being considered as possible solutions for returning cargo from the International Space Station (ISS), orbiting platforms or as possible landing mechanisms in low-density atmospheres.
DEOS the German robotic approach to secure and de-orbit
malfunctioned satellites from low earth orbit.
However, Obama's decision was not a surprise since the million-pound laboratory, which took 13 years, over 100 rocket and shuttle launches and 160 spacewalks to construct, would take ISS six years to de-orbit
, the Washington Post reported.
Supplies advanced component technologies for CubeSats, including solar arrays, de-orbit
systems, and water-electrolysis propulsion mechanisms.
Cygnus will be commanded to de-orbit
to a destructive entry back into Earth's atmosphere on Oct.
Despite what hundreds of people, in particular Flying Saucer enthusiasts, would like to believe that the spectacular event, widely sighted in the Western and Southern Cape sky at about 20:40 SAST on the 11 December 2012, was nothing more dramatic that the de-orbit
burn of the Centaur rocket that had just launched the third mission of the Orbital Test Vehicle, also known as X-37B.