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Russian space agency to destroy space debris with laser

Junks in space have been a huge problem bothering scientists for a long time now. The reason to worry about the condition is more specific because these junks and debris are increasing day by day. At the present, the United States space agency NASA along with the other space organizations is planning ways to prevent spaceships from crashing into these junk pieces.

NASA reportedly has taken measures for installing a kind of sensor at the International Space Station that could record collisions of the ISS with the space debris. However, according to a new report that has surfaced recently, the Russian space agency is planning a different step for dealing with the junk in space. The idea reportedly is to blast off the space debris by using a huge laser known as “cannon.”

As per the received reports, currently, Roscosmos, the Russian space agency is designing the laser that is near about three meters in length. The process of working of the laser is, it would first detect the space debris and once identified, it would strike them and heat up the debris to a position where the junks would automatically vaporize. This plan is quite different from the others indulged in space debris cleanup.

The previously proposed ideas for solving the issue included pulling down the space debris into the atmosphere of the Earth, in which the friction generated by reentry could burn them. These ideas made use of tools such as harpoons and tethers.

This method proposed by the Russian space agency is not completely new. Previously in the current year, China had proposed such a debris cleanup plan. According to its plan, China wanted to design a “laser station” that could orbit in space and zap the debris that flew by, however, the idea of Russia is a system that could be based on the ground.

This space junk destruction weapon could incur much loss than gain. If the equipment fails to destroy a debri completely, then it would risk turning it to many smaller pieces of space debris, making it a big reason to worry.

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