Australian businessman could have the solution to detect space debris in time
The problem of space junk It has become increasingly notorious in recent years, with various rocket parts reaching Earth in an uncontrolled manner on many occasions, something that could cause permanent damage to structures, people, animals and more. And while there are currently plans to regulate this, an Australian businessman could have the solution thanks to a technology he has been developing that is based on having “eyes in the sky”.
This is the company HEO Robotics and its founder William Crowe, who has decided to turn a surveillance camera system around to suitably adapt it to detect the load of space debris that may reach Earth in the years to come.
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The Australian has a credit to a group of 33 cameras that orbit the planet to carry out visual inspections of its clients’ satellites, so that their status can be seen and any failure or damage to them can be reported.
But according to the businessman, this orbital camera system could not only have this use but could also be adapted to other needs, such as detecting space debris approaching Earth. And it is not only about this, but also their trajectory and speed could be calculated to accurately predict when and where they will crash.
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Although according to an article published on the Financial Review web portal, things are not so easy to achieve this feat since the businessman’s system would need at least 2,500 cameras in Earth’s orbit to be able to detect and calculate the trajectory of the space junk.
And while at the moment this seems like just a project, Crowe has not given up and is focused on making it a reality with the help of sponsors and investors who seek to be part of this new space venture, something that may not seem so far away. since he has previously received large sums of money from figures such as the co-founder of YouTube, Jawed Karim.