Smith reckons a state-backed programme such as the European Space Agency (ESA) should therefore lead the way and put up the money to clean up space before anything too bad happens—or before commercial companies are put off the satellite industry due to the looming risk and cost.
There’s a few different designs I’ve seen floated around for ways to deal with space debris, but I haven’t actually heard about any being built. Considering how big an industry satellite manufacturing and maintenance is,1 you’d think someone would’ve done that by now.
- In order of importance: GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO. Iridium. Weather satellites. Spy satellites. TV. All sorts of important stuff is flying over our heads. ↩