Category Archives: Space Debris Observation

Image of the International Space Station passing over CastelGAUSS Observatory and thetrace of a CubeSat just released

CastelGAUSS captures CubeSat Release from the International Space Station

On the night of July 21st, 2022, at 21:24:41 UTC, telescopes at CastelGAUSS Observatory have captured an image of the International Space Station (ISS) passing over Europe. The ISS was at an altitude of 420.9 km, speeding at 7.665 km/s at an azimuth of 15.9° and an elevation of 18.8° when viewed from CastelGAUSS Observatory. […]

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First steps to ESA’s plan for Recycling in Space thanks to CastelGAUSS Observatory

The European Space Agency is increasingly looking at possibilities to begin recycling materials in space, as we do every day here on Earth. The critical words are: recycle, refurbish, repurpose and reuse. Man has carried in space many tonnes of valuable materials (metals like aluminum and titanium alloys, composite materials etc.) that could be utilized […]

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GAUSS is monitoring Chinese Long March 5B Rocket Body Reentry

GAUSS has been actively monitoring the descent and reentry of the upper stage of Long March 5B (CZ-5B) using CastelGAUSS Observatory. The CZ-5B launch vehicle is developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) and it was launched from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan, China, on 29th of April, 2021. The official launch number […]

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Updates from CastelGAUSS Observatory and New Partnership

On December 2, 2020, our astronomical observatory (the CastelGAUSS Project) in Castelgrande took part in the 5th International Space Debris Re-entry Workshop, organized by the European Space Agency (ESA). We presented some results of photometric observations of artificial satellites in pre-decay period, primarily of upper stages, like, Falcon 9 R/B, Atlas V Centaur R/B and […]

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Report of the 2019 IAA Space Debris Conference held in Castelgrande

IAA Italian Regional Symposium of Space Debris Observations from Basilicata Castelgrande, Italy, July 9-10, 2019 The IAA Italian Regional Symposium of Space Debris Observations from Basilicata was held in Castelgrande, Italy, July 9-10, 2019. The event was organized by the Municipality of Castelgrande and the Company GAUSS Srl under the auspices by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and took […]

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IAA Regional Symposium on Space Debris Observations from Basilicata

The “IAA Regional Symposium of Space Debris Observations from Basilicata” is going to be held on 9 and 10 July 2019 on Toppo di Castelgrande (Province of Potenza) in the Basilicata Region (South of Italy) where the Astronomical Observatory of Castelgrande is located.  The event is organized by the Municipality of Castelgrande and the Company GAUSS […]

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