Aerospace company implements carbon technology to remove space debris
Colorado-based company Roccor uses deployment technology to collect space junk that affects the earth's communication systems.

Leah Williams | 4 hours ago

The Longmont-based company, Roccor, has developed a niche business cleaning up space debris.

"Nothing lasts forever in space. So it's everything from old satellites that are dead to launch vehicle parts things like that," company founder Doug Campbell stated in a Colorado news report.

Roccor utilized high-tech devices, which are constructed and projected into space from their headquarters. Special sheet-like devices made of carbon collect and contain the space debris, pushing the collection into the atmosphere where it disintegrates through the natural burining process.

Similar scientific approaches, such as the services demonstrated by Roccor, are becoming a necessity as technology becomes more space-centered.

"Your cable television, you internet, your cell phone will eventually all be in space," said Campbell. "If you don't clean up the junk that's up there, eventually that space, that real estate will become unusable."

As the junkyard of the atmosphere increases, many companies within this industry will expand. The dilemma above the atmosphere is significant, with approximately 8,000 tons of debris orbiting the earth. Scientific reports from NASA display a statistical growth by 200 tons per year.

Founded in 2011, Roccor now employs 35 people, with gross revenue in the millions. Clients include satellite operators who need the debris to dissipate, in order to enable more room for advanced technology in the future.

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