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Japan is developing the wooden satellite to clear the space junk

 Japan is developing the wooden satellite to clear the space junk .


A Japanese company and Kyoto University have joined forces to develop the world's first satellites made of wood as expected by 2023.

Sumitomo Forestry said that it has initiated research on tree growth and the use of wood materials in Space.

The partnership will begin experimenting with different types of wood in extreme environments on Earth.

Space junk is becoming a growing problem as more satellites are launched into the atmosphere.

The Wooden satellites would burn up without releasing harmful elements into the atmosphere or raining debris on the ground when they plunge back to Earth.

Kyoto University and Japanese astronaut, Takao Doi, said, "We are very concerned about the fact that all satellites that re-enter the Earth's atmosphere burn and create tiny alumina particles that float in the upper atmosphere for many years Will stay.

"Eventually it will affect the Earth's environment."

"In the next phase, the engineering model of the satellite will be developed, then we will build the flight model," Professor Doi said.

As an astronaut, he visited the International Space Station in March 2008.

During this mission, he became the first person to throw a boomerang into space specifically designed for use in microgravity.

Space junk

Sumitomo Forestry, part of the Sumitomo Group, which was established more than 400 years ago, said it would work on developing wood materials for temperature changes and sunlight.

The wood he is using is an "R&D secret", a company spokesman told in a statement.

THE SPACE JUNK

Experts warn of the growing danger of space junk falling on Earth, as more spacecraft and satellites are launched.

Satellites are increasingly used for communication, television, navigation and weather forecasting. Space experts and researchers have investigated various options to remove and reduce space junk.

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), about 6,000 satellites are orbiting the Earth. About 60% of them are defect (space junk).

Research firm Euroconsault estimates that 990 satellites will be launched every year in this decade, which means that by 2028 there may be 15,000 satellites in orbit.


Elon Musk's SpaceX has already launched more than 900 Starlink satellites and has plans to deploy thousands more.

Space junk travels at incredibly high speeds in excess of 22,300 mph, so it can cause considerable damage to any object that gets hit.

In 2006, a small piece of space junk collided with the International Space Station, leaving a heavy window with a chip.

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