Prolific inventors from Trinity turn expertise to problem of space junk

New technology to negate risk posed by disintegrating spacecraft and satellites


Trinity College Dublin is something of an inventors’ hothouse, recently racking up its 500th invention – a prediction system that can help you avoid getting hit by space junk. This cutting-edge 21st century technology is designed to help protect the Earth and its inhabitants from the falling debris of disintegrating spacecraft and satellites that re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. Currently being tested in collaboration with the European Space Agency, it provides accurate predictions for spacecraft, satellite and space station parts on their re-entry into the atmosphere. Another invention helps create a virtual but ultra-realistic sounding audio experience that improves gaming and virtual reality environments. Yet another is a device that can measure the toughness of a bubble to measure its surface tension.