Catching space junk with a net?

Space Junk

Space Junk, an artist's exaggerated impression of space debris in low-Earth orbit.

With all of the concerns regarding space junk and zombie satellites wrecking havoc, many scientists and engineers have been brainstorming on ways to eliminate the space junk. Now engineers at Star Inc., with funding from DARPA, have come up the Electrodynamic Debris Eliminator, or EDDE, which is a space junk capturing vehicle armed with 200 nets that gathers space garbage.

In practice, EDDE would zip around low earth orbit snaring bits of space garbage in its many nets where they cannot be a menace to other orbiting spacecraft. Star’s CEO estimates that over seven years, 12 EDDE craft could clean up all 2,465 objects over 4.5 pounds that are currently being tracked through LEO.

Star Inc has already been doing some testing and expects to do a test flight in 2013. If all goes according to plan, a full phase removal of trash could begin by 2017,

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