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Good concept and glad to see the Swiss are making themselves useful again. But one of these just to remove two specific pieces won't be enough, we need a whole fleet of these janitors. Of course we also need to educate all launching parties to stop using outmoded tech that's likely to create more debris.

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I was totally expecting the concept art of this janitor satellite to look like WALL-E.

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I read somewhere those janitor satellites are going to be something like this.

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The Swiss stole my idea ! :s sue sue sue

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Swiss plan to send waste-disposal satellite into space

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Lausanne, Switzerland - Swiss engineers want to remove man-made waste from space, by building a

vehicle that would grab old satellites orbiting the earth, the Swiss Space Center announced Wednesday

in Lausanne.

Some 16 000 pieces of so-called space debris are racing around the planet and pose an increasing

threat, as they could collide with active satellites or spacecraft.

The space centre, which is part of the national technology institute EPFL, plans to send a small satellite

called CleanSpace One into space to grab the centre's even smaller satellite SwissCube, which was

launched in 2009 and measures 10 cubic centimetres.

'We put it up there, so we are going to bring it back down,' said the centre's director Volker Gass,

stressing the project's ethical component. (Y)

Several space agencies including DLR in Germany are also working on solutions to dispose space

waste, but no discarded parts of satellites, rockets or spacecraft have ever been collected.

'We want to offer and sell a whole family of ready-made systems, designed as sustainably as possible,

that are able to de-orbit several different kinds of satellites,' Gass said.

However, the first version that is to be launched within three to five years will not yet be able to bring

SwissCube back to earth, but both objects will burn when re-entering the atmosphere.

'One has to work on achievable targets. Otherwise you never get into space,' Gass said.

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REPOST.

YOU'RE A BAD PERSON FMH.

Just kidding..

About the bad person part >.>

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YOU'RE A BAD PERSON FMH.

:cry:

Just kidding..

About the bad person part >.>

:woot:

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i wish more people were willing to spend the money to remove their junk from space. most people/organizations simply believe it will eventually crash down to earth so it isnt such a big deal.

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Your above post is why you aren't a bad person :p

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Your above post is why you aren't a bad person :p

Thanks. :)

Even though you hardly know me, you're right about that. :D

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