A satellite that will use magnets to wash up space junk
The satellite will demonstrate for the primary time a replacement method of capturing space junk with magnets. In recent years, because the frequency of space launches has increased dramatically, the likelihood of catastrophic collisions above the world has also increased. Now, Japanese track cleaning company Astroscale is testing a possible solution.
It consists of two spacecraft: a little “customer” satellite and a bigger “service” or “chaser” satellite. Smaller satellites are equipped with a magnetic plate that permits chasers to dock with them.
The two stacked spacecraft will perform three tests in orbit at a time, each of which can involve the discharge of a service satellite then reacquisition of the customer satellite. the primary test is going to be the only one, with the customer satellite gradually disappearing then reacquired. within the second test, the serving satellite sets the customer satellite to roll, then catches up and matches to catch it.
Finally, if these two tests go smoothly, the chaser will get what they need, by letting the customer satellite float a couple of hundred meters away then find and fasten it. Once started, these tests are going to be executed automatically, almost no manual input is required.