In Switzerland, we like everything is in order and tidy. Now space is increasingly cluttered with waste and scrap and other metals. And the Swiss are tired of seeing that no one cares. Especially since the debris began to fall on our heads constantly, this could cause an accident one day that no insurance will pay.
"It's time to do something to reduce the amount of debris in space," said Professor Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier and presenting this project. Presented by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), this project aims to clean the space of its dangerous debris.
According to the Swiss astronaut, the remains of satellites or rockets wandering in space are a danger to the pursuit of space activities.
CleanSpace One, the first cleaner space project.
The Helvetic project presented in February 2012, plans to build small satellites able to search in space debris, removing them from their orbits and destroy the Earth's atmosphere.
According to Jérôme Grosse, spokesman for the EPFL, two options are being considered for these satellites: a model "Kamikaze", which catches debris and then self-destructs with him, and a model capable of capturing debris and then propel it into the atmosphere, so that he crashes into the earth.
The draft CleanSpace One represents a budget of 10 million Swiss francs or 8 million Euros. It is actually not as crazy as it sounds a priori.
According to the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, 16,000 objects larger than 10 cm, hundreds of thousands of smaller objects, launched at speeds of several kilometers per second float above our heads.
Something to be nervous that the Swiss love cleanliness and order above all. But you just had to think about it.