Space Debris Removal Initiative EASI: Update
On August 2018, the Easar's team started the work aimed at finding possible solutions to space junk problem. On September 19, Easar received the results of substantive examination confirming the feasibility to apply the approach developed and proposed by our team. We are also very glad to get the confirmation that the patent for invention will be issued already on November.
Overview of the Orbital Debris Problem
Space debris has become a huge problem. There are more than 500,000 pieces of junk floating around Earth's orbit, including defunct satellites, rocket boosters, nuts and bolts, all of which pose a substantial threat to astronauts and spacecraft, according to U.S. space agency NASA. The European Space Agency said that already as of January 2018, there were about 29,000 objects larger than 10 centimeters, around 750,000 objects that range between 1 cm to 10 cm and about 166 million objects between 1 millimeter to 1 cm in size. Their accumulation in Earth's orbit has become a hindrance and can endanger future missions to the moon or Mars.