The Japanese space agency's ambitious project, which was supposed to make our planet's gravitational field a little cleaner, did not even reach its starting point
One of the facts that increasingly occupy space exploration concerns the large amount of "junk" that rapidly accumulates in the gravitational orbit around our planet - after more than seventy years of human flight of objects out of the atmosphere, somewhere at the edge of the space a large variety of disused satellites Fuel tanks, rocket fragments and other objects that are of no use but pose an increased risk for any new work that is sent to orbit around the Earth or is already there in the present.
All this space rush has led to the creation of a number of different projects that literally aim to clear the orbits around the Earth - and one of those projects that was supposed to be launched with great fanfare at this time was the one developed by the Japanese space agency JAXA, This initial was stopped even before it began.
The idea of space explorers from the Far East was relatively simple and straightforward, which probably also helped him reach practical maturity before his counterparts - probes and rockets that would be flown to space missions, especially those related to the International Space Station - will be equipped with a unique cable made of aluminum and stainless steel - 700 meters - when deployed after a piece of garbage -space Specifically, an electric current will be transferred to the cable, which, based on the Earth's magnetic field, will "magnetize" the object to the cable so that when the probe or rocket is re-directed to the atmosphere with the intent to be burned and evaporated at the end of the mission, that piece of junk will also drift into the atmosphere And burn with the bone that attracts it.
Graphical processing showing the intended mode of collection technology in space
The JAXA team installed their wonder cable on the Kounotori 6, which was sent to the International Space Station on December 2016, but when the time came to test the technology, about a week before the instrument was to disengage from the ISS, back into the atmosphere and disappear, Discovered that a technical failure prevented them from pulling out the cable.
A week of attempts to analyze and solve the problem was not enough, and Kounotori 6 was forced to carry out its most recent operation without completing one of its most important tasks - when scientists and scientists were not given a chance to examine whether the magnetic cable solution was working (or not) according to simulations and preliminary theoretical calculations .
It is likely that this disappointing failure will not prevent Japan from continuing its efforts to develop and implement its advanced garbage collection technology, but there is no doubt that the situation will significantly delay the continuation of the process - so it is quite possible that competing solutions will succeed in keeping pace with this prestigious knowledge-intensive race. British scientists, for example, plan to test a system that will collect space junk with the help of Network Which is connected to the ring, already during the following year.
So who will be the country that will become the 'space junkie' (or perhaps the 'cleaner of space')? The answer to this question will probably be accepted only a few years from now.