The Japanese aerospace agency JAXA began developing a new satellite capable of destroying space debris with a laser. On Saturday, June 6, reports the NHK channel, RIA Novosti reports.
It is noted that the satellite will begin to irradiate shipwrecks, faulty technical objects, and other toxic materials with a built-in laser. Then he will throw space debris into the atmosphere.
Nothing is known about the device of the new invention. However, scientists believe that in three years the satellite will be able to pass the first technical test. According to them, the topic of space debris is becoming more serious. Already there are about 20 thousand objects, the size of which is more than 10 centimeters.
It is specified that SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, as well as the most reputable research institutes in the field of physics, including the RIKEN research institute, are going to involve the development of the apparatus.
On June 5, it was reported that Russian scientists were going to seek life in the solar system in a new format. According to the vice-president of the International Committee for Space Research, Mikhail Panasyuk, the researchers intend to launch a small satellite into low Earth orbit in 2021-2022 to test a new way of finding life on the celestial bodies of the solar system. It is planned to scan planets and their satellites with a laser from the spacecraft or landing station.