3,2,1, Blastoff. When a rocket leaves the ground and successfully breaks through the atmosphere, the danger does not stop there.
Debris from previous space missions poses a serious threat to spacecraft integrity and astronaut safety and has motivated the launch of the RemoveDebris mission led by the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey. By taking up its own test debris, the mission aims to capture a small satellite with a net and trial whether a harpoon is an effective method of garbage grabbing.
The spacecraft will initially land on the International Space Station on a resupply rocket and then be unpacked by astronauts before being launched from the orbiter to begin its experiments.
Image: Surry Space Centre – Space debris
This story is taken from the 01 December 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.