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Switzerland to Build Janitor Satellites to Clean Up Space Junk

Space junk is everywhere, and it's high time that someone takes charge to clean it up. And Switzerland is that someone: the country is building CleanSpace One, the first in a family of "janitor" satellites to clean up space.

To be launched as soon as three to five years from now, CleanSpace One will rendezvous with one of two defunct objects in orbit, either the Swisscube picosatellite, or its cousin TIsat, both 1,000 cubic centimeters (61 cubic inches) in size. When the janitor satellite reaches its target, it will extend a grappling arm, grab it and then plunge into Earth’s atmosphere, burning up itself and the space junk during re-entry.

Think of it as the WALL-E of satellites (why it kind of looks like it, too): Link


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All well and nice, but let's imagine you'd be cleaning your house with it:

In order to pick up a tiny crumb, you have to use a thusand-dollar set of tweezers, and then throw both the crumb and the tweezers away. New crumb, new tweezers.

I know of no better solution but this one still strikes be as anything but efficient.

Plus the rocket that fires it into orbit . sure that doesn't leave more debris behind than the sattelite is removing?
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As an alternative I would suggest a giant earth based laser powerful enough to vaporize space junk. I don't know how cost effective it would be but it would sure be fun.
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They really should make a satellite with a bat on an extended arm. Have it take a swing at other satellites and toss them into the Earth's atmosphere. Then move onto the next piece of junk.
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Why don't they put a small explosive in each sattelite so that they can disintegrate it once it has reached the end of it's life cycle?

Or one rocket which they fire at the end sending it back to earth to burn in the atmosphere?
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"Why don’t they put a small explosive in each sattelite so that they can disintegrate it once it has reached the end of it’s life cycle?"

Oh that's a swell idea, let's make more debris and fling it all over the place. The problem with the explosive idea is that is will not fully consume the space junk, just make it smaller and give it a higher rate of speed.
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