Tiny cube to tackle space debris


Here’s an interesting invention, a space rubbish cleaning cube..

“UK researchers have developed a device to drag space debris out of orbit.”

“It would help make space a sustainable business. We want to be able to keep on launching satellites to provide new services; but unless we do something, the amount of junk up there is going to grow exponentially.”

“Using large deployable surfaces to increase the drag on these objects so they fall to Earth rapidly is one possible solution to the space litter problem.

CubeSail, unveiled on Friday, is a 3kg (6.6lb), 10cm x 10cm x 30cm (4in x 4in x 12in) nanosatellite.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8590103.stm