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Space Debris Reaching Critical Mass In Orbit Around Earth (Video Report) (+) Harpoons could be used to haul in space junk

Featured Image: A representation of space junk orbiting around Earth. Photo: NASA

from youtube uploaded by MOXNEWSd0tC0M

Published on Apr 26, 2013

April 26, 2013 BBC News

From The Age  April 26, 2013 – 9:25AM

Harpoons could be used to haul in space junk
Frank Jordans

Nets, harpoons and suicide robots could become weapons of choice to hunt down space junk threatening crucial communications satellites currently in orbit round Earth, scientists say.

Even lasers that act like Star Trek tractor beams were among the proposals put forward to protect some $US100 billion worth of satellites from man-made cosmic garbage.

“The amount of junk spinning uncontrollably through orbit is growing.” . . . Read Complete Report

Swarming robots could be the servants of the future (W/Video)

From SpaceDaily

by Staff Writers
Sheffield, UK (SPX) Apr 03, 2013

Swarms of robots acting together to carry out jobs could provide new opportunities for humans to harness the power of machines.

Researchers in the Sheffield Centre for Robotics, jointly established by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, have been working to program a group of 40 robots, and say the ability to control robot swarms could prove hugely beneficial in a range of contexts, from military to medical. . . . Read Complete Report


From youtube uploaded by ssrlab0

Uploaded on Jan 11, 2012

This video shows clips from the IROS 2011 robot exhibition in San Francisco. A 100 kilobot robots travelled from Boston to California; the demonstration shows the robots performing a simple diffusive behavior, where they move randomly so long as they can hear neighbors but stop if they no longer hear the swarm.