Jan 27, 2011
What should we do with space debris? someone's got a plan
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.