The first satellite to test possible solutions in space debris cleanup has been deployed by the International Space Station (ISS) and would soon begin experiments in orbit.  The RemoveDebris satellite, the largest ever deployed from the International Space Station, is moved into a sealed chamber by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold. It was deployed on June 20, 2018. Image: University of Surrey via NASA. "width =" 1280 "height =" 720 "/>
The RemoveDebris satellite, the largest ever deployed from the International Space Station, is moved into a sealed chamber by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold. June 2018. Image: University of Surrey via NASA.
The satellite built in Britain, called RemoverDEBRIS mission, is one of the world's first attempts to address the accumulation of dangerous spacecraft of 100 kg RemoveDebris will try to capture simulated space debris using a net and harpoon while also testing advanced cameras and radar systems.
Have you seen this amazing video of #RemoveDEBRIS pbading @Space_Station shortly after deployment yesterday? With a mbad of 100 kg, it is the largest satellite deployed since #ISS to date. Https://t.co/suqg2eDHmg
– Surrey Sate llites (@SurreySat) June 21, 2018
The experiment is important since there are thousands of fragments of space debris circulating around the planet, many travel faster than a bullet that accelerates, which represents a risk for the valuable satellites and even the International Space Station itself, according to the report.
Once the experiments are completed, it will deploy a towing sail to pull itself and debris out of the orbit, where it will burn when it enters the Earth's atmosphere.
"If successful, the technologies found in RemoveDEBRIS could be included in other missions in the very near future," said Guglielmo Aglietti, a professor at the University of Surrey.
The RemoveDEBRIS The mission is led by the university team and built by the world's leading small satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), with on-board technology designed by Airbus.
It was launched on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from Florida in April il.