Japan seeks to clean up space junk

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

Around the earth there are about 100 million pieces of space junk

Currently about 100 million pieces of space junk orbit the earth, and faced with this problem, Japan has launched a collection of experimental waste.

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The land-orbiting garbage has been accumulating since 1957, when exploration of outer space began, and includes equipment that belongs to ancient satellites, tools and rocket pieces, which from the earth are totally invisible, but for space have become a problem.

Most of these devices travel at speeds that can reach 28 thousand kilometers per hour, so they can cause damage to satellites, and even damage the planet's satellite telecommunications network.

The artifact created by the Japanese consists of an apparatus that has a rope of subjection, made of threads of aluminum and steel, which is designed to reduce the speed of the objects and to eliminate them of the orbit of the earth.

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The garbage collector will aim to destroy space junk, because according to its creators, the electromagnetic rope will generate enough energy to modify the orbit of objects, pushing them to the earth in order to destroy them when they come into contact with the atmosphere.

The Japanese company in charge of creating the net is Nitto Seimo Co. which has long been specialized in the manufacture of fishing nets, and now collaborated with the Japanese space agency to develop the rope material used by the device.

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This project is part of an initiative that seeks to provide greater security to astronauts, eliminating space garbage, and this is the latest proposal of various ideas that have been given over the years.

However, although this project could really bring benefits to the space industry, experts say that, if it works, it would only allow the destruction of larger pieces of space junk, and to eliminate the rest it would be necessary to look for another solution.

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