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Watch a harpoon attached to a satellite copy, a piece of space waste



Harpuning Space Debris

The unwanted floating material around the Earth's orbit is becoming a big problem. Particles of artificial debris can pose a great threat to the satellites that are circling our planet. But a team of British engineers can have an intelligent solution.

Researchers from Surrey University use satellites RemoveDEBRIS – a satellite designed specifically to eliminate space garbage that launches aboard a SpaceX Falcon rocket in April 2018 – Putting a harpoon into a (pre-set) piece of test waste at 20 meters per second . "The successful demonstration of harpoon technology in space is a significant step towards solving the growing problem with space waste," said Chris Burgess, chief engineer at Harpoon at Airbus Defense and Space, in a press release.


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