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A start up Swiss company has won a ESA contract to build a robotic satellite designed to grapple and drag space debris in orbit into Earth's atmosphere to burn up.
The ClearSpace-1 launch is set for 2025 and will attempt to remove a sizeable piece of a Russian Vega rocket from orbit. Four robotic arms will grapple the debris, before dragging it into the atmosphere. A number of options are being tried and planned for removing "space junk" from orbit, including netting and harpooning.
"Imagine how dangerous sailing the high seas would be if all the ships ever lost were still drifting on top of the water," said Jan Worner, ESA's General Director. "That is the current situation in orbit, and it cannot be allowed to continue."
It would be interesting to know how much fuel these "janitor satellites" would require to be hopping from one piece of space debris to another. To make the process worth while, satellites of this type might be expected to gather up and remove quite a lot of debris before running out of fuel.
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There is so much junk up there that we would need "alien technology" to make inroads into removing it :roll:
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Maybe lasering would be the most effective way to do the job, assuming that the beams were powerful enough. There are military lasers that are very powerful, but whether they could be recruited for the job ... .
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The problem with lasers is that they would split objects into smaller particles, so there would be myriads of smaller objects.

Perhaps a Dyson vacuum cleaner would work :(

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Nation A to Nation B "Hey, that 'junk' you have just destroyed was part of my
scientific project". "You have no right to interfere" "We intend to retaliate by
blasting one of your satellites that has been spying on us".
Nation B "We believe that it was one of ours, and that you are making false
accusations, so that you can justify destroying our surveillance facilities".
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:lol: .
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