Russia is working on a satellite that can burn space debris

The fight against space debris has become an urgent task for modern space exploration. Spent parts of missiles, failed satellites and other numerous objects accumulated in orbit constitute a serious danger to operating vehicles. In this regard, a search is being made for solutions that would allow us to effectively get rid of the above elements.

One of these developments belongs to the Russian company Easar, which is currently conducting a preliminary design of a satellite capable of burning space debris through redirection of sunlight. This was reported by the news agency the day before. TASS.

The essence of the invention lies in the fact that one or more transformable mirrors will be installed on the satellite. The latter will be used to focus solar radiation on the selected object. The company said that their spacecraft will be autonomous, reusable and will be able to destroy the maximum amount of orbital debris in range.

Now the developer is considering six options for the appearance of the future satellite. Of these, upon completion of preliminary design, two or three will be chosen. Then, mock tests will be carried out, which will allow us to dwell on one or two options for the final appearance of a promising apparatus.

It is worth noting that on October 30, the corresponding patent was registered with the Federal Service for Intellectual Property.
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  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 14 November 2019 14: 04
    If this satellite can burn garbage, then can it destroy real satellites? But what about the law prohibiting the placement of weapons in space? Therefore, it will not be soon.
    1. Sergey39 Offline Sergey39
      Sergey39 (Sergei) 14 November 2019 17: 02
      It is the second purpose (to destroy enemy satellites) that will accelerate the appearance of such satellites in orbit.
    2. boriz Online boriz
      boriz (boriz) 14 November 2019 22: 51
      And who is talking about weapons? It is said: an orbital janitor. The business is necessary. And if the broom waved wrong, it means such a fate.
    3. g1washntwn Offline g1washntwn
      g1washntwn (George Washington) 15 November 2019 10: 19
      Nonsense. The agreement prohibits only nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction, and military installations / tests / maneuvers on natural space bodies. Conventional and non-WMD weapons in the form of artificial satellites are not prohibited. Therefore, looking at the bustle around the X-35B, IT WILL BE SOON.
  2. Panting Offline Panting
    Panting (Vyacheslav) 15 November 2019 08: 34
    It would be better to collect such garbage in a box and send it to Earth, in a certain place. I think that the costs will pay off quickly.
    1. g1washntwn Offline g1washntwn
      g1washntwn (George Washington) 15 November 2019 10: 22
      Space shuttle tried to do this and burned out. It’s cheaper to push it from orbit, the atmosphere and the ocean will swallow everything.
  3. T. Henks Offline T. Henks
    T. Henks (Igor) 21 December 2019 19: 18
    What, grandchildren of a trampoline to bring to the trough? Nothing more to do?
  4. Vasil K. Offline Vasil K.
    Vasil K. (Vasil K.) 8 January 2020 18: 06
    In this garbage and gold, and other expensive elements. For now, you just need to collect it, like things, in a suitcase. All in all, space trucks will soon appear for the construction of more advanced stations; that’s what they’ll be taken from orbit.
  5. isofat Offline isofat
    isofat (isofat) 8 January 2020 18: 15
    Russia is working on a satellite that can burn space debris

    Good and very useful companion! A lot of garbage has accumulated! We will remove the American trash first. The Chinese will help us if something happens. Let Comrade S.K. Shoigu will determine what to consider as garbage. yes