Space Debris Might Become A Dangerous Problem Very Soon


It appears that humans managed to achieve the unimaginable: they littered Earth’s orbit. Don’t think about literal garbage, but the orbit of our planet has plenty of hazards. In the past years, space missions have become more and more common. Unfortunately, this also led to millions of pieces of space debris flying around. And that might become a dangerous problem very soon. Worse than that, a collision might take place.

Internet startup OneWeb wants to launch hundreds of new satellites into space, but the current situation of the Earth’s orbit makes things very complicated. However, OneWeb doesn’t want to make this problem even more significant, and the company plans to remove the satellites once they are no longer needed. CEO Greg Wyler offered more details about this.

“There are so many ideas for satellites out there that are done without full consideration to the full cycle of the system: What happens to the plastic bottle when you throw it in the ocean?” he said. “It’s the same problem. It’s just at a different scale.”

The problem of space debris is about to get worse

The bad news is that even more satellites will be added to the space debris. In fact, the number of satellites is expected to triple in the future. More than 7,000 new devices will be launched in the next decade.

It is important to remember that it is hazardous to clutter the Earth’s orbit. Satellites could collide, and this could affect everything, from GPS service, TV, internet and phone service.

OneWeb plans to reduce space debris by making the satellites go back into the Earth’s atmosphere when their lives are over. If that is not enough, there will also be grappling hooks that are supposed to drag unresponsive satellites. “These are expensive technologies,” Greg Wyler said. “But they’re things that we simply must do to be good citizens.”


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