One might think that lifting off a satellite is the hardest part of the lifecycle. However, it is not only a challenge to get a satellite into orbit since you have to decide what to do with it when it no longer functions. Abandoned satellites add up to the problem of space remains, making it harder and more hazardous to lift off other satellites or spaceship in the coming days.
To curb this problem, a firm named Tethers Unlimited has displayed a cheap and lightweight answer for safely positioning of satellites when they no longer needed. The solution involves a 230-foot long band of conductive tape positioned from the orbiter that pulls it into the low orbit named delightfully adequate, terminator Tape.
To examine out the system, Tethers Unlimited devoted a Terminator Tape module to the Prox-1 CubeSat that launched in ten last month of June. The module weighs two pounds, sized like a notebook, and attached to the outer side of the orbiter. After Prox-1 no longer needed, the module activated by an electronic signal that could be either preset to a convinced time or triggered by the orbiter itself.
After the activation of the module, they deploy the conductive tape like a tail from the satellite. The tape produces drag from its connections with both magnetic field of Earth and gravity, slowly pulling the orbiter into the low orbit. While its orbit lowers, finally the orbiter burns up in the atmosphere of the planet.
Satellites logically fall into the minor orbit once not powered. However, this happens very gradually. With the help of the Te ruminator Tape, the satellite under the testing fell 24 times quicker than it would usually do.
Rob Hoyt who is the chief executive officer of Tethers Unlimited, stated during a press release that months after the sendoff, as strategized, their timer unit ordered the Terminator Tape to the position. They are in a place to look from the observations by the United States of America Space Surveillance Network that the orbiter instantly started to de-orbit over twenty-four times quicker. He added that instead of residual in orbit for dozens of years, rapidly removing dead satellites in this way would assist in combating the growing problem of space debris. The successful experiment shows that this lightweight and low-cost knowledge is an actual means for orbiter programs to encounter orbital debris extenuation necessities.