Despite the fact that humanity is not so often flies into space, and space exploration is slower than many would like, in orbit of our planet have accumulated a lot of debris that interferes with how the satellites and can cause damage to spacecraft. Therefore, scientists from Japan decided to develop a special radar to detect space debris.
It is worth noting that a new device is created with the expectation that it will be used to track large items, flying in orbit, but for small particles whose size is of the order of 10 centimeters. The fact that such small particles can be not less dangerous than their larger “brothers”, because when orbiting, they are able to get a lot of kinetic energy that will damage the space ship. While existing radars to detect them just not.
For new development meet experts from the space Agency JAXA, as they already have a similar device that detects objects larger than a meter and a half. He still works successfully on the territory of the Prefecture of Okayama. The new radar should be completed no later than 2023, and the level of sensitivity it will have to surpass its predecessor in 200 times.