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This Harpoon Could Lasso Space Junk To A Fiery End
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Airbus, a company best-known for its commercial airplanes, is building a three-foot-long harpoon which could, in theory, puncture Envisat and drag it to the Earth's atmosphere where it would face a fiery anihilation. The team are designing their space junk harpoon with this satellite in mind because it is such a big target. "If we can design a harpoon that can cope with Envisat, then it should be able to cope with all other types of spacecraft including the many rocket upper-stages that remain in orbit," advanced project engineer Alastair Wayman told the BBC. read more


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