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Are there any plans to clean up orbital garbage?

asked 2016-08-23 19:11:52 -0600

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Use of cube sats with netting or aerogel capture systems in an effort to lessen damage to existing satellites or ISS.

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answered 2017-06-28 10:29:50 -0600

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Yes there are many ideas to deal with space junk. Unfortunately, none of them are easy or inexpensive. Proposed solutions include docking with intact pieces of space junk and transporting them to Mars to be used in future manned trips as raw materials. To netting pieces of debris and bringing them down into the atmosphere. To shooting them with land based lasers to alter their orbit. There are other proposed solutions out there as well. So far no technology has been proven to work.

https://www.space.com/34659-space-jun... https://www.space.com/35581-japanese-... https://www.space.com/11157-nasa-lase...

A solution does need to be found in the near to medium term. While the danger isn't too high at the moment for any particular space craft that will change if there are even just a handful of satellites are destroyed.

As originally described by Donald Kessler in 1978, every accident significantly increases the amount of space junk. As the amount of space junk increases the risk of accidents increases and of course when they do it the risk increases even more. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler...)

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