Setting sail for safer space ⛵️ #shorts


The Drag Augmentation Deorbiting System Nano – a 3.6-sq-m aluminium-coated polyamide membrane attached to four metallic booms – deployed from a 10 cm box aboard a satellite platform launched in 2021 used to deliver miniature ‘CubeSats’ into their individual orbits.

By increasing the overall area of the satellite, the sail will increase the gradual air drag acting upon it from atoms at the top of the atmosphere, and speed up its atmospheric reentry.

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  1. Ok, burning up all those satellites in the atmosphere is convenient, and probably cheaper than retrieval and any form of recycling, but what are the byproducts and effects of the burning of all that manmade material?

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