In low earth orbit, more than 3,000 disabled satellites and tens of millions of small fragments. Each piece moves with great speed. These fragments of space debris can pose a threat to the ISS, and astronauts working in orbit.
In the European space Agency (ESA) decided to tackle this problem and plan to launch special four-legged probe that you experience to clean it of trash.
The mission of “Clean space”
The mission, called ClearSpace-1, ESA will send into orbit an experimental, four-legged work of animator (at least so it is called in the network). He will be able to catch their handlers some of the dead satellites and tighten in a kamikaze flight to the Ground.
The problem of space debris
Every year the amount of debris in orbit is growing. Based on several projects for the creation of a constellation of satellites in the coming decades, their number will increase significantly. But the real attempts to solve this problem yet.
The start of the mission
Now launch ClearSpace-1 is planned for 2025. Aim cleaner robot object called Vespa. In 2013 he was thrown to a height of 800 kilometers camera Vega. Weighs this conical chip about 100 pounds.
The price of this one-time mission will be about 133 million dollars. Very cheap orbital cleaning, therefore ESA should definitely ponder the way to reduce the cost of this process.
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