Jump to content

Welcome to ExtremeHW

Welcome to ExtremeHW, like most online communities you must register to view or post in our community, but don't worry this is a simple free process that requires minimal information for you to signup. Be a part of ExtremeHW by signing in or creating an account.

  • Start new topics and reply to others
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get email updates
  • Get your own profile page and make new friends
  • Send personal messages to other members.
  • Take advantage of site exclusive features.
IGNORED

Satellite that uses magnets to gather space junk will launch tomorrow


Recommended Posts

EHW News Editor
865 281
Quote

The world's first satellite that uses magnets to gather up space junk will launch tomorrow morning. 

The craft, called ELSA-d and made by Japanese firm Astroscale, will blast off from Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket at 6.07am GMT on Saturday (March 20).

The 200kg craft consists of two components that will perform a series of tests in space to trial the ability to retrieve junk with a magnetic mechanism.

 

Once the tests are finished, ELSA-d will burn up in the Earth's atmosphere – but the satellite will be crucial to informing future space clean-ups. 

The mission, licensed by the UK Space Agency, is acting as a test case for licensing more missions to remove defunct spacecraft and fragments of debris.  

According to the European Space Agency (ESA), there are approximately 9,200 tons of space debris – defined as human-made objects that have fragmented from spacecraft and are now floating aimlessly above the Earth. 

The challenge of avoiding collisions between satellites and debris in space has been recognized by the UN, and satellites are now made to swerve off course to avoid a damaging in-flight impact.  

Source: Satellite that uses magnets to gather space junk will launch tomorrow (msn.com)

 

spacer.png

 

This is an absolutely necessary step towards expanding the earths satellite network. 

Edited by UltraMega
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

This Website may place and access certain Cookies on your computer. ExtremeHW uses Cookies to improve your experience of using the Website and to improve our range of products and services. ExtremeHW has carefully chosen these Cookies and has taken steps to ensure that your privacy is protected and respected at all times. All Cookies used by this Website are used in accordance with current UK and EU Cookie Law. For more information please see our Privacy Policy