Scientists at Bauman Moscow State Technical University have developed a system made up of 16 satellites. They claim that this is the most rational solution to the problem of space debris.
Space debris in the near-Earth orbit presents a serious problem that will significantly complicate future space launches if we don’t start seeking out solutions now. Recent studies at the European Space Agency show that there are 750 thousand fragments greater than 1 cm in size on the orbit. Various companies are currently working on solutions to this problem. For example, SpaceX has launched a satellite that will use a special net to capture space debris.
A group of Russian scientists have been issued a patent for their development, which features a system of 16 satellites. It includes one large main satellite surrounded by 15 smaller ones that are equipped with propulsion modules.
These modules are 1 and 2 meters in length and will be used to capture large objects in order to transport them outside the orbit. Some of the debris will be destroyed on the orbit. The system will likely transport smaller pieces into dense layers of the atmosphere, where they will be burned.
Engineers are planning on building a working prototype of the system and securing funds for its implementation.
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