Gallery: NASA’s Solar Powered Micro-Satellite Will Clean Space Debris


Solar sail satellites have been taking the top headlines this year, with devices such as Lightsail-1 grabbing much of the attention. However, NASA has just become the first agency to launch an experimental micro-satellite from a larger, solar powered satellite. The NanoSail-D was recently ejected from the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite (FASTSAT) in order to show that NASA had the capability to deploy a small cubesat payload from an autonomous micro-satellite in space. NASA believes that this technology could eventually be used to clean up space debris.

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  1. snowboardJ February 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Heres i crazy idea why not create 10 rings of that each fire 10 lasers to create a grid. these ring will fit around the largest astroid that is coming towards earth. With propulsion you will guide in front of this astroid shredding machine.
    Since we will have tons of now mini rocks funnel them to a magnet on the moon. Using current of energy with a long wire it will land like a reverse tornado. following the path of the energy to the moon.
    Lastly we can then use the metals and create a real moon station on the moon with all the minerals on the moon then. Get private companies to buy claims on the moon and start to build these plants now to be prepared for 2029.

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