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Space to Ground: Clearing the Cosmos: 06/22/2018

22 Jun 2018, 14:52 UTC
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THE NANORACKS REMOVE DEBRIS SATELLITE WAS DEPLOYED FROM THE SPACE STATION’S ROBOTIC ARM THIS WEEK. REMOVE DEBRIS WILL LOOK TO MANAGE SPACE JUNK BY LITERALLY PULLING IT DOWN OUT OF ORBIT TO BURN UP IN THE ATMOSPHERE. RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT REMOVING THE LARGEST DEBRIS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES THE CHANCE OF COLLISIONS, SO REMOVE DEBRIS WILL USE A 3D CAMERA TO MAP THE LOCATION AND SPEED OF DEBRIS, THEN CAPTURE AND DE-ORBIT SIMULATED DEBRIS, CUBESATS IN THIS TEST, UP TO ONE METER IN SIZE. THE EXPERIMENT WILL TEST NET CAPTURE, HARPOON CAPTURE, VISION-BASED NAVIGATION, AND DRAGSAIL DE-ORBIT TECHNIQUES FOR REMOVING SPACE JUNK. EXPERTS HERE ON EARTH CAN ANALYZE VIDEO FROM THESE RUNS TO SEE WHAT WORKED AND FIND THE BEST WAYS TO CLEAN UP THE SPACE AROUND US.

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