Elon Musk wants to use Starship to clear up space garbage – he wants to “chomp up debris.”
ELON MUSK claims that his Starship ships can help clear up space garbage by “chomping up” it.
Mr Musk’s plans to transport humans to Mars in the hopes of colonizing the Red Planet include the Starship. They could, however, be used to help tackle a more important issue closer to home. The debris from previous space missions is progressively clogging Earth’s orbit.
Experts worry the trash will jeopardize future ambitions to explore the ultimate frontier.
According to statistics published by the European Space Agency, there are around 34,000 objects larger than 10cm in diameter circling the Earth, with 900,000 objects measuring between one and 10cm.
Fears of high-velocity collisions with space junk are growing as an increasing number of satellites are deployed into Earth’s orbital space lanes.
Collisions like these might start a space trash cascade, resulting in additional clouds of debris and further collisions.
If things grow severe enough, this scenario, known as the Kessler Syndrome, could make it difficult to function in Earth’s orbit.
The founder of SpaceX believes he has a clever answer to this growing challenge.
Mr Musk described a plan to deploy Starship when asked on Twitter if SpaceX has “thought of any technique to try to someday gather Space trash.”
He remarked on Twitter, “Yes, we can fly Starship about orbit and chew up junk with the sliding fairing door.”
Mr. Musk has grand hopes for humanity in space, having made no secret of his desire to colonize planets around the solar system with human colonies.
The foundation of his private space firm was based on the idea of making life multi-planetary.
He announced intentions to send a million people to Mars by 2050 in January of last year.
Over the next ten years, the space entrepreneur plans to build 1,000 Starships, or 100 spaceships per year.