International Space Station is out with its first-ever satellite for cleaning space junk. We will soon be witnessing a satellite experimenting in orbit to clean up the space junk. This Britain-built satellite is named as the RemoveDEBRIS mission. It will represent world’s first attempt to tackle the dangerous space debris which orbits around the Earth. This declaration comes forward from the desk of British Space Agency on June 22, 2018.
The RemoveDEBRIS spacecraft is around hundred kilograms in weight. The spacecraft will capture the debris rotating in space. For catching the space debris, the satellite is equipped with a net and a harpoon. Also, the RemoveDEBRIS spacecraft also contains advanced cameras and radar systems.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, there are abundant of space debris circulating our Planet. The space debris removal is essential as these space debris possess the speed of a bullet and hence may pose a risk to the majority of the satellites. It may also harm the International Space Station if the issue is left unaddressed.
Once the mission is accomplished, the spacecraft will burn up along with the debris as soon as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere. Guglielmo Aglietti says, “If successful, the technologies found in RemoveDEBRIS could be included in other missions in the very near future.” Guglielmo Aglietti is a professor at the University of Surrey.
Varsity leads the RemoveDEBRIS mission. The Surrey Satellite Technology Limited builds the spacecraft. The Surrey Satellite Technology Limited is the leading manufacturer for small satellites in the world. Whatever technology the spaceship aboard is designed by Airbus.
The satellite was launched on SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft in April from Florida.