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Secret Glue-Filled Satellite: Sticky Answer to Space Debris Threat?

Posted By ASC, Tuesday, June 23, 2015

At this moment, millions of small pieces of space junk are flying around the earth. For most people, that is not an immediate concern, but space junk poses a collision risk to astronauts and satellites. Researchers have been puzzled over how to collect the more than 500,000 pieces of space debris, most of which are smaller than a softball. Now a company in Singapore is working on a prototype that will use glue to trap pieces of debris. The Singapore-based company, Astroscale, is incorporating one of the few adhesives that does work in space into a two-part satellite designed to capture and dispose of space debris. The satellite is composed of a carrier that contains a “catcher.” The carrier identifies a piece of debris and then releases the catcher, which sticks to the debris and engages a solid fuel thruster to slow the debris’ velocity. At lower velocity, the debris will fall out of orbit and be harmlessly burned up in the atmosphere.



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