The military put $100,000 in prize money on the line.
There’s a whole lot of crap orbiting our planet: hundreds of satellites, an obscene amount of debris and space garbage, a space station, one natural moon — you get the picture.
Now the U.S. Air Force says it needs to find a better way to keep track of it all, so it just launched a contest looking for new high-tech solutions — especially ones that help protect satellites from space junk.
Any team that offers up a good solution — such as tracking space garbage with virtual reality tech — may get a share of the $100,000 prize.
Contestants don’t necessarily need to find a way to clear out the space crap — the Air Force just wants to know where all of it is so they can safely launch more rockets and satellites without fear of collision.
READ MORE: Air Force launches $100K challenge for ‘space awareness innovators’ [SpaceNews]