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First satellite to collect space junk set deployed from ISS

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The first-ever to test in cleaning up space junk has been deployed by the (ISS) and would soon begin experiments in orbit.

The Britain-built satellite, named RemoveDEBRIS mission, is one of the world's first attempts to tackle the build-up of dangerous orbiting the Earth, the British space agency said in a statement late on Friday.

The 100-kg RemoveDebris will attempt to capture simulated using a net and a harpoon while also testing advanced cameras and

The experiment is important as there are thousands of pieces of circulating the planet, many travelling faster than a speeding bullet, posing a risk to valuable satellites and even the itself, the report stated.

Once the experiments are complete, it will unfurl a drag sail to bring itself and the debris out of orbit, where it will burn up as it enters the earth's atmosphere.

"If successful, the technologies found in RemoveDEBRIS could be included in other missions in the very near future," said Guglielmo Aglietti, at the

The is led by the varsity and built by the world's leading small manufacturer Surrey Technology Limited (SSTL), with technology on board designed by

It was launched on a Dragon from in April.



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First Published: Sat, June 23 2018. 18:20 IST