Experiments with paragliders help Outpost Technologies bring objects from space back to Earth for inspection or repair..
According to a NASA report, at least 26,000 pieces of space debris orbiting Earth are the size of a softball, large enough to destroy a satellite. Among them, more than 500,000 large pieces of marble are capable of damaging spacecraft, while more than 100 million small pieces can puncture protective equipment in space.
In the stratosphere, Outpost Technologies is testing the idea of a “space ferry” with paragliders to bring satellites and space hardware back to Earth. (Photo: Outpost).
To resolve this situation, Outpost Technologies – a start-up based in the United States has launched an extremely daring experiment: bringing satellites and rockets floating in space back to Earth by paraglider.
The plan proposed by Outpost Technologies involves putting satellites into orbit using a small vehicle. They will then guide them towards the atmosphere using a paraglider, at subsonic speeds.
This will allow the device, satellite or rocket to land intact on Earth without any parts burning up as it enters the atmosphere.
Outpost Technologies also uses a similar method to bring space junk, including old satellites and debris, back to Earth.
Steps to implement a plan to return space objects to Earth by paragliding.
Steps to implement the plan to return space objects to Earth by paragliding. (Photo: Outpost).
Experts believe this idea was proposed in response to the introduction of reusable rocket stages by Blue Origin and SpaceX. Along with this, refueling of the first satellites may become feasible in the future.
“I firmly believe in the idea that one day millions of people will live and work in space. Honestly, it’s not going to happen if we don’t have a clear roadmap.”said Mr. Jason Dunn, CEO of Outpost Technologies.
So far, the American startup’s ideas are in the initial design and testing phase. Currently, the company has raised $7 million in seed funding for the project.
Previously, Hanspeter Schaub, professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, proposed cleaning up space debris using “electromagnetic gun”allowing the operator to slow down the object or redirect the object’s trajectory.
Another solution proposed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAEA) involves shooting a kinetic rope at the object from a spacecraft and then pulling it into the atmosphere.
However, it is clear that these methods are still quite far-fetched and difficult to apply in practice. Not to mention the risk of failure when the project is tested, which can lead to a series of concomitant disasters.
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Experiments with paragliders help Outpost Technologies bring objects from space back to Earth for inspection or repair. According to NASA, at least 26….