Roscosmos Files Patent for Space Debris Satellite Shield System
The shield system is designed to break objects into smaller fragments and then disperse the debris in different directions. The system is not designed to remove or de-orbit the remaining debris.
Multiple space-faring nations are increasing their offensive and defensive capabilities in space. Russia’s latest satellite shield system follows Roscosmos’ recently revealed “self-destroying satellite,” which the agency said was conceived to reduce space debris, despite criticism that this type of system could potentially create even more debris if detonated in the wrong orbit.