The Russian Federal Space Agency has patented new self-destructing satellites to combat space litter. When the satellites become unusable, they will be destroyed.
The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) developed and patented a satellite that failed unexpectedly when it was in service and was able to self-destruct after it was no longer operational. These self-destructing satellites are seen as a good way to solve the problem of space litter.
The satellites made by Roscosmos can destroy themselves thanks to the materials used in the construction of the satellites if they fail at the time of the mission. These materials, used in the construction of the satellite, become steam in orbit when they reach a certain temperature.
If things don’t work out, a series of signals are sent from the Earth to the satellite, which can destroy itself. When this signal reaches the satellite, the special protective layer on the satellite is removed and this layer is destroyed together with the satellite.
The developed satellite can be a solution to the problem of space litter:
There are now a large number of fuel tanks and nuclear-powered satellites sent by Russia and the United States in orbit around the Earth, as well as astronauts’ various instruments and many other materials. These objects move in space at a speed of 28 thousand kilometers per hour.
NASA, the number of space litter 20,000, while the Russian Ministry of Defense, this space says 16,000 pieces of garbage. Space trash creates a lot of trouble for new space travels, rocket launches and space observations.