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RemoveDebris: UK satellite nets 'space junk'

RemoveDebris: UK satellite nets 'space junk'


In an article by Jonathan Amos as seen in BBC News:

A British satellite has successfully deployed a net in orbit to demonstrate how to capture space debris.

The event took place more than 300km above the Earth.

It was part of a series of trials that will showcase different technologies to remove the redundant hardware now circling the Earth.

Some 7,500 tonnes is said to be drifting aimlessly overhead, posing a collision hazard to operational missions.

The aptly named RemoveDebris satellite took a video of its net experiment.

The short sequence shows a small, shoebox-sized object tumbling end over end about 6-8m in front of the University of Surrey spacecraft.

Suddenly, a bright web, fired from the satellite, comes into view. It extends outwards and smothers the box.

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