Sunday April 28, 2013

Euro Space Agency Calls for Space Junk Cleanup

What goes up must come downآ…or does it? Junk is junk and getting rid of it is always a costly endeavor, especially when the junk in question is in Earth orbit. Findings from the 6th European Conference on Space Debris were agreed upon by consensus of the 350 representatives of space agencies and related industries concerning the importance of removing the thousands of pieces of space junk dating back to the infancy of the space age.

The new Clean Space initiative includes maturing technology to approach, capture and deorbit targets آ– a mission is already under study. Clean Space will also develop techniques to mitigate the problem, such as passive and active deorbiting devices and the means to ‘passivate’ retiring satellites.