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Space harpoon skewers 'orbital debris'

15 February 2019

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The British-led mission to test techniques to clear up space junk has demonstrated a harpoon in orbit.

The RemoveDebris satellite fired the projectile into a target board held at a distance on the end of a boom.

Video of the event shows the miniature spear fly straight and true, and with such force that it actually breaks the target structure.

Source: BBC

Image credit: AIRBUS - The target breaks off the boom when the harpoon hits home

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