02 April 2010

CubeSail Space Cleaners

The BBC News recently reported on a FISTy approach to cleaning out some of the orbital debris which is currently cluttering the region located a few hundred kilometers above your head.

Dr Vaios Lappas, the lead researcher on the project says "Our system is simple and very low cost..."

Of course, he goes on to say "... but we need to demonstrate that it can be done," so apparently there's some work still to be done. Nonetheless, I do get excited when technologists and researchers brag about systems that are inexpensive, simple and tiny...

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