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‘TERMINATOR TAPE’ CAN PULL DOWN DEAD SATELLITES AND MINIMIZE SPACE DEBRIS

Details:

  • Tethers Unlimited has demonstrated an easy solution to get rid of satellites once they are of no use.
  • The solution involves a 230-feet long strip of conductive tape, which is delightfully called the Terminator Tape.
  • The Terminator Tape is a small module about the size of a notebook.
  • Weighing less than two pounds, it is designed to attach to the exterior of a satellite which deploys the 230-feet long conductive tape through an electric signal from either the satellite or an independent timer unit when the satellite completes its mission and is ready to get disposed.
  • This tape interacts with the space environment to create a drag force on the satellite that lowers its orbit far more rapidly than it would if it were simply abandoned in orbit



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