To combat space debris, which every year pollutes the Earth’s orbit more and more intensively, it is proposed to equip the International Space Station with a laser installation with which it is possible to fire at fragments. The idea was shared by experts from the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
This proposal is among others in the theses of the report “Space debris: fundamental and practical aspects of a threat”, prepared especially for the conference of scientists of the Institute.
The theses say that a laser can be the most effective weapon for confronting space debris, which has become so large today that because of this, orbiters are in danger. Experts warned that over the years the situation will rapidly deteriorate if nothing is done.
By the way, last year the well-known Russian astrophysicist, doctor of physical and mathematical sciences and corresponding member of the RAS Boris Shustov spoke with a similar proposal. He also believes that with the ISS it will be very convenient to exterminate space debris with the help of laser shots.