This space debris removal company is on a singular mission to clean Earth's orbit
- More than 27,000 pieces of orbital debris are hovering around in space.
- Space cleanup company Astroscale's space junk servicer test hopes to change that.
- All of its missions have a docking plate on themselves.
A piece of space debris floating free in orbit. But this is no ordinary space junk. It arrived in space along with another spacecraft, ELSA-d, for a trial run.
A capture mechanism extends out of the "servicer" ELSA-d, which initiates thrust to travel toward the "client" debris. Within minutes, the debris and the mechanism make contact. In the blink of an eye, the two are locked together by a magnetic grapple. They will descend together and burn up in the atmosphere.
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