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Mon Mar 22, 2021, 05:05 PM

Space debris removal demonstration launches

A Soyuz rocket has launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to put 38 different satellites in orbit.

Among the payloads was a 500kg Earth imager developed by the South Korean space agency; and a pair of spacecraft from the Tokyo-headquartered Astroscale company which will give a demonstration of how to clean up orbital debris.

Astroscale's showcase will be run from an operations centre in the UK.

With the space environment becoming increasingly cluttered, there is heightened awareness that something needs to be done to sweep away spaceflight's legacy of discarded hardware.


I'm glad somebody is doing this.

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Response to Warpy (Original post)

Mon Mar 22, 2021, 05:16 PM

1. First, we trash our lands and seas. Now we're trashing the cosmos as well.

As a “civilized” society, we still have a lot to learn.

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Mon Mar 22, 2021, 05:19 PM

2. It would have been nice to have been a part of this

but we rarely clean up after ourselves. USA! USA!

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