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Tiny cube to tackle space debris

By T.K. Randall
March 28, 2010 · Comment icon 5 comments

Image Credit: EADS/Surrey Space Centre
A new device called the CubeSail has been developed to tackle space debris by dragging it out of orbit.
The small device can be fitted to debris and will deploy a plastic sheet that will help to pull the object off in to space by taking advantage of residual molecules in low-Earth orbit.
UK researchers have developed a device to drag space debris out of orbit. They plan to launch a demonstration of their "CubeSail" next year. It is a small satellite cube that deploys a thin, 25-sq-m plastic sheet.


Source: BBC News | Comments (5)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by sp840tril 14 years ago
At least they're making an attempt, bcuz I want all that junk outta the way so that my tourist trips will be safe which hopefully will be soon.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 14 years ago
At least they're making an attempt, bcuz I want all that junk outta the way so that my tourist trips will be safe which hopefully will be soon. For the time being the tourist trips are not a problem. Vehicles like Virgin's SpaceShip 2 only just make it into space, just exceeding the 100 Km altitude that is where space officially starts. Most of this junk is above that. It is operational satellite and the ISS that are at risk.
Comment icon #3 Posted by kobolds 14 years ago
sound to me like they try to clean up small debris by using bigger debris
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 14 years ago
sound to me like they try to clean up small debris by using bigger debris How so? If the demonstration is successful, in future the CubeSail will be attached to satellites and upper stages. It will be used to cause the debris to re-enter the atmosphere and will be burned up itself, leaving no debris.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Legatus Legionis 14 years ago
at last they are now trying ways to "clean up" up there..


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