The BBC is reporting that a Japanese company and Kyoto University to develop the world’s first wooden satellites. Satellites would burn up without releasing harmful substances into the atmosphere. Space junk is becoming an increasing problem as more satellites are launched.
About 60% of them are defunct, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF) There could be 15,000 satellites in orbit by 2028, says research firm Euroconsult.
The firm estimates that 990 satellites will be launched every year this decade, which means there could be nearly 6,000 in space by the end of the decade.
The company will begin experimenting with different types of wood in extreme environments on Earth.