Re: What are we going to do about all the space junk?

Spike Jones (
Wed, 21 Apr 1999 20:40:13 -0700

Anders Sandberg wrote: An idea that came up due to some email discussions: have a big sail,

> built from nano- or micro-machines. Let debris rip through it, making
> some easily repairable holes and leaving some of the machines on the
> debris. When they are removed from the sail, they start digesting the
> debris and converting it into a small, inert sail. Using some simple
> navigation (make an angle of X degrees with light of this spectrum)
> they either drift away from orbit, or merge with the sail which can
> digest them.

Anders this is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time. Did you think of it? spike