Rogue satellites to be cleared from Earth’s orbit by German robots | Science | The Observer

Rogue satellites to be cleared from Earth’s orbit by German robots | Science | The Observer: “Robots that rescue failing satellites and push ‘dead’ ones into outer space should be ready in four years, it has emerged. Experts described the development by German scientists as a crucial step in preventing a disaster in the Earth’s crowded orbit.

Last year it was reported that critical levels of debris circling the Earth were threatening astronauts’ lives and the future of the multibillion-pound satellite communications industry. But senior figures at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) told the Observer they have been given the go-ahead to tackle a crisis that will come to a head in the next five to 10 years as more orbiting objects run out of fuel.”

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