Chinese scientists want to use lasers to destroy space junk

Chinese scientists want to use lasers to destroy space junk

19.01.18

Space agencies have repeatedly brought up an issue of cleaning the Earth's orbit from space debris. Many options have been suggested. Chinese scientists from the Air Force Engineering University have offered a fairly radical but effective method: to destroy space debris using a laser.

They plan to break large parts into small pieces that will burn during re-entry. An alternative is to collect the remains and send away from the Earth.

The researchers are going to fix the laser on any satellite and create small infrared flashes on command. 20 per minute maximum. According to experts, this will be enough to destroy large debris. With the correct calculation of the angle of emission and position to the planet, the work of lasers will be most effective.

As of today, a project for the construction of a special orbital station is already completed.

 

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