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Swiss scientists devising space junk clean-up satellite

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 03:32

March 27 - The threat posed by space junk to orbiting satellites and spacecraft was highlighted at the weekend when a discarded piece of debris from a Russian rocket passed close to the International Space Station (ISS). According to Swiss-based scientists however, the threats could be removed with a robotic spacecraft they are developing to literally grab debris out of orbit. The team says CleanSpace One will be ready to launch in 2016. Jim Drury reports.

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That's present it exists only as an animated concepts. But twenty sixteenths which scientists believe their space borne debris can except clean space -- we'll be operational. Pioneering a new method of spiced -- removal. Its first target will be fifty commissions which keeps us allies -- to 2009. I'm one of thousands of discarded remnants now posting via. The team's mission is to collect the keep using the robot spacecraft being developed by doctor Jean Philippe -- Iran professor of image processing at TP FL. It's been approached to draft to the target. And to they would be a range of sensors so that about a number of sensors on board. -- would be one very important one because when we approach when -- -- getting very close to the target. The camera would be used to really crew size to the precise position and orientation that tiger and that's exactly at that point that we've used to it. The -- Q will be traveling at 28000. Kilometers per hour so it's a -- it would be easy. The team is developing Rabat to come to -- the -- focused cast director of the Swiss like Santa is involved in the project. The current plan is to develop a bio inspired. Grouping system. That like to see an enemy will catch its -- In the called blind way conducting its ten drills -- Rollins this shape and size of the object. And object is then to hold fast to do with close to the mother ship. And then together with the mother ship the old -- and incinerate in the atmosphere. Space Shuttle Columbia but which is in 1996. Lift off this like that on coupled with Swiss scientist told Nicole -- CBS some assaulting but it wasn't all fun. At one point nick Cody and his colleagues were forced to take evasive action when a piece of space junk came too close for comfort. It was a very small maneuver we're taking is such an attitude with the orbiter and firing thrusters for a few seconds on May be 12 only. To change and -- little bit so that the prediction about orbit and you'll be two of the debris that was going to come close to us. Was going to give a more comfortable distance at that time of quote unquote and -- To date the problem is much worse NASA says at least 161000. Objects larger than ten centimeters in diameter of trying round via the -- state. Because we have now a professor replies and -- county diversity is part of the clean space one tape it. A lot of debris of the -- Large enough to do damage and are not -- from we want to avoid. The proliferation of those smaller debris and of course to -- or all of the debris in general but. And we think that he pre removed a large debris -- room. Prevents a generation of many more smaller debris in the future because of conditions which is. Pretty hard sort of different. Apart from the dying to post nationals the financial consequences of the conditions are enormous. With total senseless insurance bills topping twenty billion dollars. EPA -- self funded project cost just eleven million and they currently seeking sponsorship. Clean space one won't be ready to be sent to spice for another four years but if successful will act is a prototype apologize future missions. -- -- --

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Swiss scientists devising space junk clean-up satellite

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 03:32