SALT LAKE CITY – Researchers at the University of Utah are developing technology that can move, manipulate and dispose of space debris.
In a press release, the U of U reported that a team of researchers led by Jake J. Abbott is developing a device that can use rotating magnets to move this garbage.
According to NASA, there are more than 27,000 pieces of space junk larger than the size of a softball currently orbiting the earth, “according to a press release,” and they travel at speeds of up to 17,500 miles per hour, fast enough for a small chunk. to damage a satellite or a spaceship like an intergalactic cannonball. “
For now, NASA tracks space debris the same way air traffic controllers keep an eye on airplanes. It’s a safety measure to avoid collisions, according to U of U.
Eliminating intergalactic trash with this space junk disposal technology is becoming an increasingly important task. The debris can prevent rockets and satellites from reaching orbit.
And space debris disposal technology offers opportunities that go beyond just disposing of garbage. The U of U said it can help repair broken satellites without damaging them, and there are even more ways in which this technology can be used.