One more tech entrepreneur has plans to enter the private space exploration circuit, but in a somewhat different way from the initiatives we’ve seen so far with billionaires Jeff Bezos, with Blue Origin, Elon Musk, with SpaceX, and Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic. Apple technology company co-founder Steve Wozniak is expected to give more details later this week on his Privateer Space company, which, it seems, will have the goal of dealing with space junk.
A company was cited by Wozniak in a tweet this Sunday (12). “A private company is starting like no other”, says the post.
The tweet is accompanied by an inspirational video, in which a male voice states that “together we will go far” and that ” this is not a race, this is not a competition”, as space exploration images are shown.
The video also states that it is up to humans to take care of what we currently have so that the next generations can go further.
So far, there isn’t much information beyond that about the new private space company. But a piece destined for the August press, from a 3D printing company called Desktop Metal, points out the objective of Privateer, of Wozniak, of monitoring and space cleaning.
In this text, Wozniak himself states that, “through the advances in materials that Desktop Metal is making, we have an incredible opportunity to collaborate and keep the space accessible for future generations”.
More details about the new company should be presented in Amos (Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies), event that begins this Tuesday (13), in Hawaii.
Space junk is a problem that is already a concern for space agencies to maintain the use of space. Objects further away from Earth can stay in the planet’s orbit for a long time and end up colliding with satellites, for example. Even small pieces of space junk can cause major damage, considering the high speeds involved.
In 2018, the first Chinese space lab, Tiangong-1, launched in 2011, fell to Earth and rekindled the debate over space junk.