During our human reigns of the ‘great above’, thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of metal debris saw space as their final resting place. Some small, other ginormous – it’s no secret that we’ve transformed Earth’s orbit into junkyard of the highest level.
This increases the real danger of collisions to happen during a certain space launch. Add on top of that the economic inability to deal with the issue – and we’ve entered a no man’s land when it comes to getting rid of space junk hovering above our heads.
However, Firefly Space Systems CEO Tom Markusic believes he can help. He firmly thinks that towing long-gone satellites by so-called solar electric propelled tugs can help both the colonization of Mars, and reduce the expenses at the same time.
He is convinced that all those nuts and bolts freely floating in zero G can be put to good use by future space missions. He compared the whole idea to putting back together previously disassembled Lego blocks in perfect order.
It’s also thought that this would help humans achieve that ‘frightening’ transition to renewable sources of energy – including space recycling among other doings.
Jason Forshaw, a researcher at the University of Surrey, thinks that the proposed feat would prove difficult for both corporations and countries to finance.
“The space junk problem is a bit like global warming — getting governments to agree to fund such activities is difficult” – he said.
So far, Markusic had difficulties to raise the proper funds. He had to lay off half of his staff in order to continue to operate properly.
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