- Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is starting a private space company called Privateer to clean up the growing orbital debris problem.
- Privateer is described as a “satellite company focused on monitoring and cleaning up objects in space,” with Woz quoted as saying that the team “will be able to achieve the affordability and lightweighting capabilities needed to pave the way for our satellite design and launch.”
- A steep increase in space junk could create an impenetrable layer of debris that would make terrestrial space launches impossible – essentially trapping us on Earth.
Adam Smith from Independent writes:
The company has been founded alongside Alex Fielding, who was a member of the first iMac team and founded “Wheels of Zeus” (‘WoZ’) in 2002 – a company that created wireless location trackers – but it is unclear exactly what the company will do.
Privateer’s website is currently in “stealth mode”, with more details to be revealed at the AMOS (Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance) 2021 conference, which starts today.
Mr Wozniak also shared a short video – a compilation of various space developments over time with inspirational voice over and music – that says that it’s “up to us to do what is right and what is good … so the next generation can be better together”, alongside other generic platitudes.
Many private space companies, such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, are attempting to push space travel for private citizens, such as SpaceX’s Inspiration4 voyage. Privateer, however, appears to be focused on space debris, which is becoming a major problem around the Earth...”
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