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Rubbish Removal Satellite to Be Launched from an A300 Jetliner

Posted September 17, 2013 10:12 AM

From Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine:

Back in the 1970s, there was a short-lived sitcom called Quark about an outer space rubbish collector. What was played for laughs back then may soon be a reality with the announcement that Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Swiss Space Systems (S3) have formed a partnership to launch the CleanSpace One satellite into orbit to collect space debris using a launch system that promises to be cheaper than using conventional techniques.

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09/17/2013 10:28 AM

One hopes it isn't put out-of-action by the delta-V between it and the rubbish it is intended to collect!

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09/18/2013 9:03 AM

1 down, 15,999 to go.

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Re: Rubbish Removal Satellite to Be Launched from an A300 Jetliner

09/18/2013 3:02 PM

Didn't we have a discussion about this using lasers to burn plasma jetting holes into asteroids (or other orbital debris) to get them to fall?

Seems like a better idea than spending resources to launch one collector for each piece of orbital junk.

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