British scientists have tested the space harpoon – with its help they caught the “garbage” in the Earth orbit

This is just one of the options for cleaning unmanaged objects from orbit.

Scientists from the University of Surrey conducted successful tests of harpoon to collect garbage in space. A satellite of researchers shot into the test panel and struck it with a harpoon.

The tests have become part of the RemoveDEBRIS mission , which aims to find the most effective ways to collect space debris. Prior to that, the same satellite successfully caught trash on the network.

In recent years, space junk has become a pressing issue. For 60 years since the beginning of space exploration, 8 thousand tons of waste material has accumulated in orbit. It revolves around the planet at a speed of 27 thousand kilometers per hour and represents a danger to new satellites.

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