A device for cleaning near-earth space from debris, a method for inspecting spacecraft in low-earth orbits, and a group launch device for satellites have become the most unusual inventions in space in 2020, PRIME reports with reference to the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent).
A patent for a device for cleaning near-earth space from bulky space debris was issued on May 19, 2020. After determining the spatial orientation of space debris, a sliding controlled frame is moved in its direction. It is specified that all operations can be performed autonomously without connecting a ground control loop.
Another patent for a method for inspecting spacecraft in the area of low Earth circular orbits was issued on May 13, 2020. The invention relates to a means of monitoring and tracking the flight of the spacecraft. The method includes launching an inspection vehicle into a reference orbit.
The third patent was issued on June 18, 2020, for a device aimed at a group launch of satellites. The invention relates to the field of rocket and space technology. It reduces the weight of a device and shortens the assembly time.