MARQUETTE, Mich. (WZMQ) – A space engineering organization, newly based in Marquette is gaining more national recognition with grant dollars aimed at expansion.
Kall Morris Incorporated, a space engineering company working to clear debris around the earth’s atmosphere, recieved $5 million in grant dollars to expand in early November. Funds have already helped KMI add two new engineers to the team, KMI also is aiming dollars towards its upcoming international space station project in 2024.
“We added a new design assistant who’s gonna be helping with our visual communication of what we’re doing it’s very visual what’s happening in space and you can write about it but it’s better to just see it,” commented KMI Director of Operations Liza Fust.
KMI’s team had the workshop doors closed for the camera but note that before debris cleanup was on the board, they had lots of other ideas that they hope to tackle in the future. Co-founder Austin Morris explained that the issue at hand is more than just floating materials in space. “Communications of any kind when were linking to the Super Bowl and sending out commercials and anything else all of that relies on satellites in space to communicate that technology and so anything that poses a threat to that in this case space debris is a very big problem,” continued Morris.
Fust, recently appointed to Director of Operations is full-steam ahead with space innovation but noted that “if we wanted to be creative in space and keep using space, then we have to take care of it first”.
The space company will be focused on removing old bodies of rockets with their spacecraft Lay Laps. Morris explained that these pieces of debris the size of a school bus could be traveling at 17,000 miles an hour in criss-cross patterns around our planet. The LAELAPS spacecraft will potentially allow KMI to catch up to debris in space and remove it from the area.
“Whether that’s lowering their altitude to burn them up in the atmosphere on reentry or what we’d prefer to do collecting them in space, and then actually recycling that material and turning it into something useful,” continued Morris. The rapid expansion of space innovation is something KMI wants to prepare for and is already aiming to tackle more space-related obstacles in the coming years.
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