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There are over 35,000 detectable pieces of space debris in Earth’s orbit, which can damage our satellites. It has become a growing concern among space scientists across the world to clean up these space junk.
Sourabh Kaushal (23) and Nishant Arora (23) of Jagadhri, Yamunanagar, Haryana, who have been doing research in the field of space debris mitigation for over six years, came up with new proposals for space debris cleaning in 2010, becoming the first Indians to do so. The multiple techniques proposed by them include nanotube mesh technique using laser and nanobot, recycling, energy production from space debris and a de-orbiting kit technology using a satellite and robotic arm. Their innovation has received several international and national recognitions and awards.