"Every defunct satellite left in orbit is a risk."

Future satellites will include independent thrusters and destroy themselves in the atmosphere

#Space

Mon, Jul 3rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the growing problem of space junk (sparking some interesting solutions) Italian startup D-Orbit has developed a "decommissioning system for satellites." They are currently planning on running two experiments on the test decommission, and you can help fund more here.

"One of the most important measures to control the problem of space debris is to lower the orbit after the end of the operation," Krag added. "This requires a complex maneuver, which takes place at a time when the satellite has already a long mission behind it, and mostly lost a lot of its technical reliability. ESA data therefore show us that, in most cases, such a maneuver is not taking place, or is not sufficiently carried out."

That's where D3 comes in. The device has independent power supply and communication systems. That means that D3 can deorbit a satellite even if the rest of the spacecraft is completely unresponsive, D-Orbit representatives said.

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