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Laser tractor beams could clear space debris

Posted on Saturday, 1 May, 2010 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: behaviour???


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A new tractor beam technology based on laser thruster engines could be used to clear space debris from orbit.

The technology could be invaluable for clearing debris from orbit, in particular larger and more dangerous objects such as discarded rocket boosters that would pose a substantial risk to manned space vehicles if they were to collide.

"Now a tractor beam could prevent the accumulation of space debris-including all the dead satellites, discarded rocket boosters and other junk-in the Earth's orbit, suggests an expert."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Mandrake on 1 May, 2010, 20:04
Great concept if they can get it to work.
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin on 2 May, 2010, 4:21
From what I read, this requires that thrusters already be on the "debris" which is then activated by remote lasers. How much of our current space debris has these?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Agent X on 2 May, 2010, 18:46
STAR TREK FOR THE WIN!
Comment icon #4 Posted by startover on 5 May, 2010, 1:15
"Now a tractor beam could prevent the accumulation of space debris" Until "could" turns into "can" and later "does", it's just a wonderful idea...


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