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Japanese engineers develop plan to clean up space junk with a laser-pulsing satellite

Added 07-03-20 12:36:02am EST - “Engineers at the Japanese satellite firm JSAT have announced a new plan to send a laser-equipped satellite into orbit to help remove space junk currently circling around Earth.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Japanese engineers develop high-powered laser to burn space junk”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Engineers at the Japanese satellite firm JSAT have announced a new plan to send a laser-equipped satellite into orbit to help remove space junk currently circling Earth.

The company is planning to launch the satellite in 2026, where it will target small pieces of debris that scientists worry could one day collide with other active satellites.

It will use a low-power laser designed to fire in short pulses, similar to a common technique used by dermatologists to eliminate skin blemishes.

The Japanese satellite company JSAT will launch a satellite in 2026 with a low-power laser to shoot space junk out of orbit and make it burn up in the Earth's atmosphere on re-entry

Rather than burn up entire pieces of space junk with the laser, the team is planning for it to melt a small targeted region of each piece of debris.

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