Dead Satellites Could Be Blasted Out of Orbit With Powerful Magnetic Beams

One scientist is working on a novel solution for knocking dead, broken satellites out of orbit so they can't cause any damage to other spacecraft: a magnetic grappling beam. The same technology could also be used to keep groups of new satellites in orbit, according to experts, which might one day enable us to combine packs of satellites flying in formation to create giant telescopes. The magnetic tug idea is being researched by Emilien Fabacher, from the University of Toulouse in France, with help from the European Space Agency (ESA), and it would involve a chaser satellite being sent up into orbit to nudge redundant ones out of their paths.

 
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