By Jack Williams
This unique science project proposes upcycling space waste into beautiful SHOOTING STARS.
Designed by dutch innovator Daan Roosegaarde and a team of engineers, the proposal is just one of the ways to tackle the estimated 8.1 million kilos of waste floating around in space.
The shooting star concept would see the waste collected and then fired back into the Earth’s atmosphere, burning up and offering a glittering spectacle.
As well as this plan, Daan recently revealed ideas to use such waste to create the likes of space “vacuum cleaners,” a solar reflector, and 3D printed homes on the moon.
Daan, of Studio Roosegaarde in Rotterdam, Netherlands, said: “We have a focus on the Shooting Stars project, to create artificial fallen stars from captured space waste, as a visual performance and improvement of humanity.
“ESA [European Space Agency] and experts have validated this is realistic in terms of science and technology.
“In the coming months we will work on a more detailed plan.”
In the past, Dean has worked on other projects – such as the Smog Free Project – which, he said, helped bring him to focus on space waste.
There are currently more than 29,000 objects larger than 10 centimeters floating around the Earth – mainly parts of broken rockets and satellites.
Such waste can damage the likes of satellites and broken rockets.
Explaining the issues with this amount of weight, Dean added: “In a few decades the debris could be so dense that it prohibits the use of low orbit satellites, spelling disaster for global communication.”