We have the best conference room decor at MIT Tech Review! Today I had some fun writing about a new space junk clean up method trialed this weekend using a giant net.
Earth’s orbit is full of space junk. Right now there are about 8,000 man-made objects floating around our planet being tracked by the US Department of Defense’s Space Surveillance Network. And that’s a problem, because the more things we send up there, the greater the chances they crash into each other.
On Sunday, the RemoveDERBRIS satellite first spat out a tiny satellite called a CubeSat to use as target practice. Seconds later, it fired a net to try to capture it.
Click the link in my bio to read my short piece on it and watch a video of the capture!