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Mystery of Satellite Failures

March 1, 2013; Ralf Srama

The University of Stuttgart operates the dust accelerator at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. The University of Stanford performed tests at this laboratory in order to investigate possible EMPs (electromagnetic pulses) which are dangerous for spacecrafts and satellites. Now, the University of Stanford issued a press release:
"The large meteoroid that struck Russia last week is just one of the factors in space that cause satellites to fail. Sigrid Close, an assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics, is proving that the effects of "space dust" are a more likely cause." Read the full story here.