Net successfully snares space debris

The spacecraft began the experimental phase of its mission on Sunday 16 September, when it used a net to capture a deployed target simulating a piece of space debris.

RemoveDEBRIS was designed, built and manufactured by a consortium of leading space companies and research institutions led by the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey. The spacecraft is operated in orbit by engineers at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd in Guildford, UK. The project is co-funded by the European Commission.

Professor Guglielmo Aglietti, Director of the Surrey Space Centre, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of the net technology. While it might sound like a simple idea, the complexity of using a net in space to capture a piece of debris took many years of planning, engineering and coordination between the Surrey Space Centre, Airbus and our partners – but there is more work to be done. These are very exciting times for us all.”

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+7 1. seldomseen77 commented 1 year ago

Alright but what do you do with the net afterwards?
Right now it looks like you're just throwing more shit into space...
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+6 2. mwak commented 1 year ago

#1 : now let's send a net to catch the net !
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+2 3. mosfet23 commented 1 year ago

Guessing the net slows down the debris and adds mass so it falls to Earth.
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+1 4. ComentAtor commented 1 year ago

#3 i'm not sure i'm cool with that :D
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0 5. tomthecabinboy commented 1 year ago

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly.............
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0 6. thundersnow commented 1 year ago

#5 ...I don't know why she swallowed the fly...
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+1 7. stargatefan commented 1 year ago

#6 Perhaps she'll gain mass, slow down and burn up on re entry. Not very melodious, I know.
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+1 8. mwak commented 1 year ago

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#7 : does that mean that the satellite operates under windows 10 and is trying to scam us ? :o
No wonder we send net at it !