Steve Wozniak announces private space company to clean up space debris in orbit
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is starting a private space company called Privateer. The company has been founded alongside Alex Fielding, who was a member of the first iMac team and founded "Wheels of Zeus" in 2002 - a company that created wireless location trackers - but it is unclear exactly what the company will do. Mr Wozniak also shared a short video - a compilation of various space developments over time with inspirational voice over and music - that says that it's "Up to us to do what is right and what is good ... so the next generation can be better together", alongside other generic platitudes. Many private space companies, such as Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, are attempting to push space travel for private citizens, such as SpaceX's Inspiration4 voyage. Privateer appears to be focused on space debris, which is becoming a major problem around the Earth. In a press release for a 3D titanium alloy printer, spotted by Gizmodo, Privateer is described as a "Satellite company focused on monitoring and cleaning up objects in space", with Mr Wozniak quoted as saying that "The team at Privateer Space will be able to achieve the affordability and lightweighting capabilities needed to pave the way for our satellite design and launch." Such a substantial increase runs the risk predicted in 1978 by Nasa scientist Donald Kessler: that the domino effect of such an event could create an impenetrable layer of debris that would make terrestrial space launches impossible - essentially trapping us on Earth.