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Space Junk on the way

Tuesday 13th December / presented by Dylan Websdane

In an ironic twist, the Earth's orbit is running out of it's namesake - space.
Present figures suggest there are millions of pieces of debris orbiting the planet, half a million being larger than a marble and at least 20,000 larger than a tennis ball.

Debris as small as a fleck of paint can have the potential to damage functioning satellites and may stay in orbit for centuries before falling back to Earth.

In addition, circulating junk can be unpredicable and collisions are often difficult to avoid.

Prospective solutions include robotic arms, space harpoons, and miniature robotic satellite swarms programmed to clean up the orbit

PROFESSOR RUSSELL BOYCE, who holds the Chair for Space Engineering at the University of New South Wales filled us in.

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