Once the experiments are done with, it will drag a sail to bring itself and the garbage thus collected out of orbit.
The 100-kilogram RemoveDebris satellite has been released from the International Space Station to start its mission. More than 6,800 tons of space debris is now flying in the space which possesses a threat to both ISS and other satellites.
International Space Station (ISS) has deployed a satellite for testing solutions in clearing up space garbage. Hence, researchers have come up with an idea where a satellite will try to capture a debris and will destroy it in space. This Britain-built satellite is named as the RemoveDEBRIS mission.
Engineers at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom confirmed about 2 hours later that they had contacted the spacecraft from their facilities in Guildford, Surrey, a small town in southern England.
The RemoveDEBRIS mission is led by the varsity and built by the world's leading small satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), with technology on board designed by Airbus. The technology will use a set of 2D cameras and a 3D lidar technology to track a second cubesat as it floats away from the main satellite. UK Space Agency spokesperson said. The satellite was launched into space via a Falcon 9 rocket back in April and is expected to perform a total of four experiments during its stay at ISS.
"The mission timelines will see the net deployed in October this year, followed by the VBN test in late December and then the harpoon in February 2019". It will then burn up as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere, but it will have served its goal by then of determining the efficiency of the space junk cleaning experiments.
Professor Guglielmo Aglietti, Director of the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey and Principal Investigator for the mission, said: "After nearly five years of development, it is exciting to finally be in a position where we can test these extremely exciting technologies in the field".
If proved successful, the techniques of RemoveDEBRIS could be included in other missions in the time to come.