As silly as it sounds at first, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will be working with fishing net company Nitto Seimo Co. to bring a
thin metal net several kilometers wide into Earth space to catch all the orbital debris that has accumulated since the launching of Sputnik, several
missile projects and commercial projects.Since 2005, Nitto Seimo Co. has been working on the nets which are made up of three layers of metal threads,
each layer measuring 1 millimeter in diameter, and very thin fibres. What JAXA and Nitto Seimo Co. hopes what will happen is that the space fishing
net would be first attached to an orbital satellite and catch a lot of the debris.
After catching the debris for several weeks, the scientists back down on Earth will activate the electrical charge of the net which will have the net
move towards Earth because the planet’s magnetic fields will attract the electrified net.
This sounds feasible , and needs to be done soon .
There are over 600 defunct satellites , and over 300,000 other bits of space junk
floating around out there , posing a serious risk to all new launches ,
and existing communication satellites.
Junk of abandoned rockets, shattered satellites and missile shrapnel in space may cause collision between satellites, destroying communication
facilities on earth, the US defence department has warned.
According to scientists, the debris scattered in the earth's orbit is reaching a "tipping point" and pose a threat to the $250 billion space services
A single collision between two satellites or large pieces of "space junk" can send thousands of pieces of debris spinning into orbit, triggering an
"uncontrolled chain reaction".
Services such as global positioning systems, telephone networks, television signals and weather forecasts are at risk of crashing to a halt.
The "chain reaction" can leave some orbits so cluttered with debris that they become unusable for commercial or military satellites. Large pieces of
debris threaten the lives of astronauts in space shuttles or at the International Space Station, the Pentagon said in its review
edit on 5-2-2011 by radarloveguy because: spotted dump truck