The Japanese did not cope with the cleaning of space debris
The Japanese did not cope with the cleaning of space debris

The Japanese did not cope with the cleaning of space debris

Японцы не справились с уборкой космического мусора (2 видео) In December 2016, the Japanese aerospace agency JAXA launched the Kounotori-6 spacecraft, which, after delivery of the cargo to the ISS, was supposed to become an experimental cleaner collecting space debris. According to statistics, more than 100 million debris from spent rockets and satellites is spinning around the Earth. About 500 thousand of them have dimensions greater than one centimeter and \All of them carry potential danger for hundreds of functioning satellites located here. The International Space Station is protected from such small objects, but objects from 5 cm are already dangerous for it. According to the idea of Japanese engineers, Kounotori-6 was supposed to release a 700-meter metal cable. With the help of the electric current supplied to the “tail”, it was planned to “attract and charge” the debris falling in the path of the garbage man. Then the Earth’s electromagnetic field would come into play: the debris had to lose speed, and then go out of its orbit and burn in the upper atmosphere (large objects that didn’t have time to burn would fall into the waters of the Pacific Ocean). Unfortunately, Japanese technology didn’t managed to prove herself. The mechanism of the ship Kounotori-6 failed to release a 700-meter cable. The agency tried to deploy twice, but to no avail. Kounotori-6, unable to cope with the experimental mission, entered the dense atmosphere of the Earth and burned down.

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