The US government logged 308,984 potential space-junk collisions in 2017 — and the problem could get much worse

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/JSC China’s Tiangong-1 space station recently crashed to Earth as a giant chunk of space junk. But there are millions of small, hard-to-track bits of orbital debris that can collide with satellites. In 2017, the US government logged 308,984 close calls with space junk and issued 655 “emergency-reportable” alerts to satellite […]

Iris Automation raises $8 million to help autonomous flying machines avoid collisions

Iris Automation, a San Francisco-based startup that’s building collision avoidance systems for industrial drones and other autonomous flying machines, has closed an $ 8 million Series A round of funding led by Bessemer Venture partners, with participation from Bee Partners. Founded in 2015, Y Combinator alum Iris Automation claims a team of tech minds from the […]

Planetary collisions brought metals to Earth

Published time: 6 Dec, 2017 14:24 A new study by NASA scientists has led them to believe “planetary collisions are at the core of our solar system’s formation.” According to NASA, scientists have long believed that after the moon’s formation, Earth experienced an extended period of bombardment some 3.8 billion years ago, called ‘late accretion’. […]

Navy proposes more sleep, training for sailors after ‘avoidable’ ship collisions

Multiple Navy reviews show human error caused two naval ship collisions that killed 17 sailors this year. The incidents could have been avoided with improved training and managing sailors’ fatigue while stationed overseas, the Navy finds. US Navy leaders have called for around 60 improvements across its Pacific fleet in the wake of the recent […]

US Pacific Fleet commander announces retirement after Navy ship collisions

The commander of the US Pacific Fleet has announced his retirement after being passed up for a major promotion. It comes after two US Navy vessels collided with commercial ships in the Pacific over the summer, killing 17 sailors. Admiral Scott Swift made the unexpected announcement on Facebook, after learning that he would not be […]

US Navy sacks more commanders after deadly warship collisions

The US Navy has dismissed an admiral and a captain in connection with two deadly accidents where US warships collided with commercial vessels in the Pacific. This comes less than a month after the Navy fired the commander of the Seventh Fleet. Rear Admiral Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 70, and Captain Jeffrey Bennett, […]

The Navy is still investigating possibility of cyberattack in destroyer collisions

Joshua Fulton/US Navy Almost “every three-letter agency” in Washington, D.C., has assisted in an investigation into the possibility that a recent deadly collision involving a Navy destroyer in the Pacific was caused by a cyberattack, the vice chief of Naval Operations told lawmakers this week. And, said Adm. Bill Moran, despite finding no evidence of […]