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.