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A tractor beam designed by a Japanese Space-flight engineer by the name of John Sinko coming from Nagoya University may be the answer to the ever growing problem of space debris in orbit around Earth. The growing problem of derelict satellites, used up rockets, and other pieces of spacecraft in the orbit around Earth is growing as space travel and communication through satellites becomes more common. And the system is simpler than originally thought possible for a "tractor beam" using lasers.
Originally posted by True-seer
reply to post by TeslaandLyne
The basic principles of the machine are quite fascinating, even if it doesnt get made it is still remarkable.
Unfortunately, the difficulty of this system is that it will require some precision to actually attach the fuel canisters to the debris and calibrate the mirrors. But seeing that this system is newly developed, it may in time turn out to be far easier with a few more developments in technology and the growing problem of orbital space debris may soon be solved long before it becomes a serious threat to global communication.
Originally posted by anon72
Someone's thinking. And they have to with all the crap flying around up there. I put a thread up a week or so ago about a British plan to use expanding screens to try and gather up the stuff.
I don't think there is one easy answer. How about putting an extra jet pack on it so when the craft/item dies, the jet pack activates it and send it towards the Sun.
Anyway, nice find. F& S