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Orbit Guardians - bs, right?

California-based Orbit Guardians is one of a small number of startups trying to tackle orbital debris. It's difficult to tell exactly what their plan is, but based on this animation, they seem to ...
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Why aren't there any active space debris removal systems implemented currently?

As of July 2013, estimates of more than 170 million debris smaller than 1 cm (0.4 in), about 670,000 debris 1–10 cm, and approximately 29,000 larger pieces of debris are in orbit. Space debris poses ...
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When would it be feasible to recycle the satellites in graveyard orbit?

How feasible would it be to move the ISS to the surface of the Moon to recycle its components in future? I don't want to take them to the moon. I'm thinking of a manufacturing/recycling center ...
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What is the latest plan to ameliorate the largest drifts of orbital space debris?

Given decades of orbital space launches around the world for whatever reason, there are now massive constellations of many hundreds of thousands of pieces of cast-off hardware and fragments of ...
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Is it possible to remove space junk using magnets? [duplicate]

I have heard that the earth is surrounded with tiny bits of "space junk". I was wondering, why not send a large magnet into orbit and collect all the junk? And by time the magnet is covered with ...
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Satellite decommissioning and space debris removal

The problem of removing space debris is possible more challenging than decommisionning satellites. For the least, there is already a commercial offering. What is the technology gap to removal of ...
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How can we see RemoveDebris capturing a satellite with a net?

The BBC's RemoveDebris: UK satellite nets 'space junk' says: The aptly named RemoveDebris satellite took a video of its net experiment. The short sequence shows a small, shoebox-sized object tumbling ...
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Harpooning satellites? Is this really the best way to get them under control?

above: GIF from Polular Mechanics which has been kindly modified here to be under 2 MiB. Harpoons are effective when the target is out of reach, or moving too quickly to catch. Neither is generally ...
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