British-led space junk mission using RemoveDEBRIS satellite set for launch

A British-led space junk mission using the RemoveDEBRIS satellite is set to launch on April 2.
By Tyler MacDonald | Apr 02, 2018
The British-led space junk mission that aims to demonstrate how to salvage dangerous garbage orbiting the Earth is set to launch at 9:30 pm United Kingdom (UK) time on Monday, April 2, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

The RemoveDEBRIS satellite will be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) and will carry a net designed to capture space litter. In addition, it will be equipped with a harpoon that can spear and haul the larger objects.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will be responsible for delivering the box-like craft to the ISS.

Space debris is an issue that has been in the spotlight recently. In order to maintain the safety of current and future space assets, scientists believe that they must address the issue of controlling and reducing of this debris.

"It is important to remember that a few significant collisions have already happened," said Professor Guglielmo Aglietti, director of the Surrey Space Centre. "We believe the technologies we will be demonstrating with RemoveDEBRIS could provide feasible answers to the space junk problem answers that could be used on future space missions in the very near future."

"Space debris is a growing concern so it's great to see a British university and our innovative space sector leading the way in the search for solutions," added UK science minister Sam Gyimah.

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