Jan 27, 2011

What should we do with space debris? someone's got a plan

space debris around the Earth

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and a company in Japan which makes- guess what- fishing nets teamed up and came up with an idea to get the debris away.
What they're planning is, they've made a miles-long metal "fishing net" which they'll put it into a satellite and launch it into Earth's orbit. Then a robot arm comes out from the launched satellite and grabs debris, and hook it on the net. The net is woven from a special material that gets charged with electricity as it's orbiting the Earth. The electricity sort of acts as a brake with the planet's magnetic field, slows down the net along with the space debris, and Voila!it all burns up in the atmosphere.
I think this is a pretty genius plan. Space debris are bound to be an obstacle when we go really go into the space age, and I hope they'll develop and use it as soon as possible. JAXA says it will be ready in 2 years, so pretty soon.


  1. Anonymous1/25/2012

    Not all of the space debris would burn on upon re-entry in the earths atmosphere. They gonna land it into the sea?

    1. You might be right... But as each of the debris pieces should be quite small(junk from satellites no longer in use etc.), I think most of them burn up on re-entry.
      I'm guessing they'll target it at the sea just to be on the safe side, though.

  2. Space debris getting dust from solid rocket motors, surface degradation products such as paint flakes.Impacts of these particles cause erosive damage, similar to the sandblasting.One of the major defense country Japan has started to thinking seriously about a militarized program focusing on space.Now, it's creating an entire militarized force to monitor and control the debris field from the ground.In this process US and Japaneese Governments agreed in May to work together on debris monitoring force.Let see how it works and the results are going to be.