The European Space Agency has announced €4 million in funding to build a demonstrator of a radar system to detect space junk before it puts operational equipment at risk. France’s national aerospace research body ONERA is to work with five commercial partners in France, Spain and Switzerland to develop a demonstrator of the new …
Does the ESA even have any...
..."operational equipment" up there?
If I remember correctly they do have some satellites up there with sensors pointing down at the Earth. Mostly climate monitoring stuff.
Lots of stuff
ESA has a whole bunch of satellites up there, with a goodly number of planned misions on the way, so a radar makes sense. With those capabilities it might also make a good ballistic missile warning radar...
All very well tracking it
but why not try and collect the stuff so it's not a hazard anymore?
@Alan Brown - Re: All very well tracking it
Good idea, you start - http://news.discovery.com/space/could-space-junk-leave-us-stranded-on-earth-110902.html
Re: @Alan Brown - All very well tracking it
They are sending up a white Transit pick-up driven by a suspect looking bloke who has a large dog as passenger.
Any issues with getting the thing to escape gravity have been dealt with as the large bell isn't needed 'cos it won't work out there.
Get Straker on the job...
"It's a beautification campaign..."
"Well, I can't say you don't need it."
The first step...
Phase one of "Operation Flypaper"
Where is Sam Gunn Unlimited
when he is needed....