Outline of a space debris clean-up mission (Image: ESA
Distribution of space debris (Image: ESA)
Netting a satellite (Image: ESA)
Snaring a satellite (Image: ESA)
With the film Gravity hoovering up awards for its portrayal of astronauts dodging colliding satellites, now seems a good time to talk about the very real threat posed by space debris. It’s small wonder, then, that ESA’s Clean Space initiative is looking at developing a satellite that can rendezvous with space debris and render it harmless by netting it like fish. The proposal is just one of the ideas to be discussed as part of a symposium this May focusing on the space agency's e.DeOrbit mission.
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