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See a satellite spear space junk with a freakin’ harpoon



The RemoveDebris satellite shortly after it was deployed in June 2018 by the ISS.


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The Earth has a problem orbital-trash . Dead satellites, pieces of rockets and various debris have gathered all over the planet and we need to figure out how to clean it. So, how about doing all of Moby Dick on that space junk and launching it?

The RemoveDebris satellite, which launched in mid-201

8 from the ISS is a testing ground for technologies that may be able to help us clean up space waste. He already showed that he could catch garbage with a Spider-Man-style network . Now he has successfully demonstrated that he can cast a target with a harpoon.

The University of Surrey in the United Kingdom published the details of the February 8th test on Friday and shared a slow-motion video of the harpoon in action.

RemoveDebris comes from Surrey Satellite Technology in the UK in cooperation with a group that includes the aerospace airline Airbus. Airbus designed the harpoon system, which deployed a boom with a satellite panel at the ends. The tied harpoon pulled out and stabbed the target.

The more space the garbage collects in orbit, the greater the possibility that sensitive satellite equipment or spacecraft can be damaged by impacts. It is a problem that will have to be evaluated. This experiment could indicate a way to go that involves the janitors' satellites aimed at wiping out chaos.

RemoveDebris has a final experiment set for March, and involves satellite death. The satellite will try to inflate a sail that will drag it into the Earth's atmosphere where it will burn and will not become a piece of space junk itself.


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