Swiss to craft janitor satellites to grab space junk


By John Heilprin – The 10-million-franc ($11-million) satellite called CleanSpace One—the prototype for a family of such satellites—is being built by the Swiss Space Center at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne, or EPFL.

The U.S. space agency NASA says over 500,000 pieces of spent rocket stages, broken satellites and other debris are being tracked as they orbit Earth.

Swiss Space Center’s director, Volker Gass, said it hopes to someday “offer and sell a whole family of ready-made systems, designed as sustainably as possible, that are able to de-orbit several different kinds of satellites.” more> http://is.gd/ld1rLf

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