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RemoveDebris: UK satellite tracks 'space junk'

31 October 2018

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The British-led mission to test techniques to clear up space junk has initiated its second experiment.

The RemoveDebris satellite ejected a small object on Sunday and then tracked it using a camera and laser system.

This vision-based navigation (VBN) technology essentially tells a pursuing spacecraft how its target is behaving - how it's moving and even tumbling.

RemoveDebris has already tested a net system. In that experiment, a small object was again ejected before having a mesh thrown around it.

Source: BBC

Image credit: NASA/Nanoracks: The RemoveDebris is a demonstration satellite that was launched from the space station in June.

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