Astroscale aims to capture ancient space junk with robotic arm by 2026 (exclusive video)

A lightweight version of the International Space Station’s robotic arm will help space sustainability company Astroscale remove decades-old space junk from Earth orbit in the first mission of its kind.

Astroscale, which has offices in Japan and the United Kingdom, was previously active. space debris with lifting technology ELSA-d tasksuccessfully captured a piece of simulated debris using a magnetic system in 2021. This technology requires the target satellite to be equipped with a magnetic docking plate from the start, and so can only be used on satellites developed with debris removal in mind, such as those launched by Astroscale’s downstream partner, internet mega-constellation operator OneWeb. up task ELSA-M.

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