State Corporation “Roscosmos” in June received a patent for the invention of a biodegradable companion. It is reported RIA Novosti with reference to the Federal service for intellectual property.
The intent of the designers, the spacecraft in case of failure or end of life needs to take a team on the Ground and self-destruct without a trace. It is proposed to use materials which when heated will bypass the liquid phase and immediately transformed from solid into gas.
The authors of the patent explain that this will reduce the amount of space debris in earth orbit.
On 27 March it was reported that the holding company “Russian space systems” (RKS) has developed a satellite for “eating” satellites. Shredder debris is able to grind the object and mixing the resulting product with oxygen and hydrogen to fuel their movement. The project consists of traps, including the network in the form of a dome and cone, and processing system — a chopper and a special mill.