The researchers at Utah have been studying safe and economic ways to clean up our orbit.
Between 200 and 400 pieces are believed to fall back to earth annually. However, most of them burn up in the atmosphere before they can make an impact.
Lately, Russia’s space agency shot down one of its inert satellites. This happened without any warning. The country exploded a nearly 2.5-ton satellite into bits and sent the crew on the International Space Station in a panic over the potential impact from its blast.