A demonstration mission to test a hypothesis to Cleaning Up Space Junk got launched on Monday morning from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Around more than 8,000 metric tons of junks threaten the loss of services we rely on for Earth-bound life.
The services which are hampered due to the space junk include weather forecasting, telecommunications, and GPS systems. The mission will carry out the catch and release process repeatedly until a majority portion of space junk gets cleaned up.
It will not engage in cleaning the dead satellites already existing in Orbit, instead, the future satellites with Compatible docking plates will be launched to match the mission. According to a recent study by NASA, at least 26,000 of the millions of pieces of space junk constitutes the size of a softball.
The renowned Serbia which comprises around 100 million pieces, has the size of a grain of salt. The report said that the pieces could puncture a spacesuit. Moreover, the threat is a never-ending one as more than 500,000 pieces are a mission-ending threat because of their ability to impact protective systems, fuel tanks, and spacecraft cabins.
Cleaning Up Space Junk and evaluation of the risk associated with it depends on preventing more waste accumulation and constantly removing it. The development of other cleaning-up technologies has been in the framework over the past few years. In 2016, agencies sent over a 700-meter tether into space to try and slow down the speed of junk floating across the planets.