In December 2016, the Japanese space Agency JAXA has launched a space ship Kounotori-6, which, after delivery to the ISS was to be an experimental cleaner that collects debris. According to statistics, around the Earth is spinning more than 100 million fragments of exhaust from rockets and satellites. About 500 thousand of them have a size more than one centimeter and “fly” in low earth orbit. They are a potential danger to posted here hundreds of functioning satellites. International space station protected against such petty objects, but objects from 5 inches to her already dangerous.
According to the idea of Japanese engineers, Kounotori-6 was to produce a 700-metre-long metal cable. With the help of fed into the “tail” of the electric current planned “to attract and charge” of the way of scavenger debris. Then the game would the electromagnetic field of the Earth: the debris had to lose speed and then descend from its orbit and burn up in the upper atmosphere (large objects that failed to burn, would fall into the Pacific ocean).
Unfortunately, the technology the Japanese had no time to manifest themselves. The mechanism of the ship Kounotori-6 failed to produce a 700-meter rope. The Agency had twice tried to deploy, but to no avail. Kounotori-6, unable to cope with an experimental mission, entered the dense layers of Earth’s atmosphere and burned.
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