Davenport Native Creates Aerospace Company to Help Reduce Space Debris
Adam Kall, a graduate from Davenport Central High School and recent graduate from Northern Michigan University, has teamed up with two classmates, brothers Troy and Austin Morris, to help eliminate debris left in orbit of the Earth by satellites and other space operations.
Kall Morris Inc, is set on researching and developing an effective way to remove debris from space.
“Space debris has been up in orbit since we put the first satellites because it doesn’t really come down,” Troy Morris, the director of operations at KMI, told Up Matters. “It will in some parts, but the problem is with all the new things we keep putting up there: new satellites, new communications, internet, weather prediction. All these wonderful things of our modern society, they sometimes drop bolts or rocket bodies or little pieces of junk. There’s just nothing or no one up there to clean up.”
The longer a satellite is in space, the more pieces of its structure are left behind. This debris can cause collisions with other working satellites. Today, there are thousands of traceable pieces of debris in orbit, causing close calls with satellites, and even the ISS.
“Space debris right now is a risk to a single satellite,” Adam Kall, who the director of technology at KMI, told Up Matters. “If it grows, it becomes a risk to all of them. The worry is not debris destroys one satellite. The worry is that debris destroys all of them. That’s what the exponential growth, known as Kessler Syndrome, is. It’s essentially a blanket of debris that makes any satellite in orbit be destroyed within weeks or months of being put up there.”
KMI is working with similar companies in Japan and Switzerland to come up with solutions. All are in collaboration with NASA and other space agencies.
The company is in its beginning phases of research, and hopes to receive federal, state or private funding to help with their development.