Dealing with Space Junk: Colorado Companies Offer Solutions
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Dealing with Space Junk: Colorado Companies Offer Solutions

Space junk is a big problem — NASA says there’s about 9,000 metric tons of it circling Earth. This junk can be dangerous, especially for satellites. In 2009, a dead Russian satellite crashed into a working one, causing both to explode.

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At the 39th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, which brings together 12,000 industry experts, space junk will be a hot topic. But for some, it’s not just a problem; it’s a chance to make money.

Colorado-based companies are working on different ways to deal with space junk. Some want to capture it, others want to recycle it, and some are figuring out how to make satellites last longer.

Ron Lopez, from Astroscale in Denver, says cleaning up space junk will make it safer for future space businesses. He thinks it will be cheaper to make things in space instead of sending them up from Earth.

And as satellites get smaller and cheaper, engineers are thinking of new ways to make them last longer. Instead of carrying all their fuel from the start, like buying a car with 15 years of gas, they’re looking at ways to refuel them in space.

The Space Force, the newest military branch, is also interested in this. They say it’s like when planes started refueling in the air back in the 1950s, making things more flexible.

Companies like CisLunar in Loveland are working on turning space junk into useful stuff, like fuel. They see it as a way to solve the problem while also creating new resources.

Overall, dealing with space junk is not just about cleaning up space; it’s about building a better future for space exploration.

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