Space debris orbiting Earth to be destroyed with giant lasers fired from Australia – Science – News – The Independent

Though it sounds like a plan taken straight from science fiction, researchers at the Australian National University ANU have been given a very real grant of $20 million £10.8 million.

Alongside $40 million £21.6 million of private investment, it will allow the team to set up as the Cooperative Research Centre CRC, a state-of-the-art observatory building lasers which will initially track tiny piece of debris.

The ultimate goal of actually destroying some of the estimated 300,000 pieces of orbital rubbish could be working within the next 10 years, said Matthew Colless, director of ANU’s Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

via Space debris orbiting Earth to be destroyed with giant lasers fired from Australia – Science – News – The Independent.

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2 thoughts on “Space debris orbiting Earth to be destroyed with giant lasers fired from Australia – Science – News – The Independent

  1. Citizen Tom July 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm Reply

    That is the sort of Star Wars technology that earn President Reagan so much ridicule.

    • Pressing Refresh July 27, 2014 at 11:23 pm Reply

      I wish we could have just left space a mystery. This kind of thing scares me. We can never be sure of the damage that might be done.

      Too late now, I suppose.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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