The space sail for an Ariane 5 launcher (pictured), for example, would is conical with a surface area of about 350 sqm and supported by an inflatable 12-meter mast Picture courtesy of EADS Astrium
We’ve recently examined the danger posed to future space missions by the ever increasing collection of space junk orbiting the Earth. Now a plan by a pair of space engineers to use a sail to take out the trash – or rather, bring it back to Earth – may help to stop future space missions adding to the problem of space junk.
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