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Pac-Man Satellite to Chomp on Space Debris and Excess Electronics

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Jul 8, 2015 3:10:00 PM


     Sky Tracker is a popular app that lets you identify different stars and constellations in the sky. In addition to tracking celestial objects, Sky Tracker also identifies any man-made objects in the sky, including the International Space Station, satellites, and space debris. Lots and lots of space debris.

     In an article published in September of 2013, NASA believes that there are over 500,000 pieces of space junk orbiting the planet, of which 20,000 are bigger than a softball. The debris consists of excess electronics and equipment, including decommissioned satellites, abandoned launch stations, and mission-related debris. The space junk are traveling at a speed of 17,500 mph (28,165 kmph), posing a threat to any manned space missions, particularly the International Space Station.

     At this speed, a tiny paint fleck could pose serious damage to the space craft. NASA has had to replace several shuttle windows because of damage caused by orbiting paint flecks.

    The potential of collision with space debris is so likely that NASA and the Department of Defense tracks the movement of over 15,000 cataloged large objects. By following the trajectory and speed of each large piece, NASA can determine if manned flights would need to engage in a debris avoidance maneuver and move the shuttle.


     To deal with the growing space junk problem, the Space Engineering Center at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is working on a project titled CleanSpace One. CleanSpace One is a satellite designed to capture space debris. The satellite's initial mission is to capture and destroy the SwissCube, a small satellite that EPFL deployed in 2009.

     The mission faces several problems. First, CleanSpace One must match the trajectory of the SwissCube. Second, CleanSpace One must correctly identify the satellite. This will be a difficult task since the SwissCube is only 10 centimeters by 10 centimeters, and depending on the amount of sunlight the cube receives, it will have both dark and light parts. The CleanSpace One has an extendable net that will be used to capture the SwissCube and propel it towards the Earth's atmosphere so that it will burn upon reentry. A missed calculation will send it hurtling into space. If the mission is successful, CleanSpace One will be used to destroy other debris in the atmosphere.


     Excess electronic components are similar to space debris. It takes up space, and it's a hassle to deal with. Often times, excess components are leftover stock from a previous build. You've already made the builds, and the project is complete.

    If you are purchasing agent looking to gain the most for your excess, be sure to avoid these top 5 mistakes when trying to sell surplus electronic components.

    The excess components are lying around the factory, losing value with each passing moment. The best step is to act fast and look for a distributor who will take the necessary steps to market and match your excess with another OEM's demands.

    These are some of the steps that we take to market excess we receive from our clients. In addition to listing stock on inventory-only sites, our aim is to rank within search engine results, gaining the most exposure for your components.

    Send us your excess for a free inventory appraisal.


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We aimed to rank on the first page of organic results for certain keywords. We use a complement of SEO and Marketing tools including blogging, keyword optimization, email marketing, market research, PPC (Adwords), CRM, Social Networking and more to reach out to new customers. We rely on ranking within web results, image results, and video results to gain web traffic.

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Topics: SURPLUS ELECTRONICS, Electronic Components, product management

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