It may sound bizarre, but the latest technologies make wood a material that will be stronger than steel. Futurologists even believe that humanity will return to the use of wood on a massive scale, e.g. in construction. In the next few years, skyscrapers are to be built of durable, safe and cheap-to-build wood in various parts of the world. Maybe there will also be time for cars ?!
The Japanese are also working on the first prototype of a wooden satellite. Its maiden flight into Earth's orbit is scheduled to take place in 2023. Engineers from the Land of the Rising Sun believe that the wood will fully burn in the atmosphere and the problem of space debris will become a thing of the past. The idea is laudable, but does it make sense?
Scientists from Sumitomo Forestry and Kyoto University admitted that they have special technologies that will turn wood into a material with steel resistance. He should not be afraid of temperature changes and sunlight. The moment the satellite ends its life, it will deorbit and burn completely in the atmosphere. Sumitomo Forestra representatives do not throw words to the wind. The company is famous in the world for the construction of complex structures made of wood.
Unfortunately, the Japanese do not want to disclose what technologies they have developed yet. We have to be patient and wait 2 years. About 6,000 satellites have already been launched into orbit, 60 percent of which have collapsed and become space debris or are zombie satellites. NASA and ESA have a plan to build service devices that will repair these facilities, but the plan to deorbit new ones is a very interesting idea.
Experts estimate that by 2030, 20,000 new small satellites will appear in orbit, which may become space debris in the future. Most of them will be the constellations of the cosmic Internet. Therefore, it is important to develop appropriate technologies now that will eliminate the problem of orbit cluttering once and for all.