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Swiss to launch a space 'janitor'

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The tidy Swiss want to clean up space. Scientists from the Alpine nation said yesterday they plan to launch a "janitor satellite" designed to get rid of orbiting debris known as space junk. The 10m Swiss franc (£7m) satellite called CleanSpace One is being built by the Swiss Space Centre at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne. Its launch is expected within five years and its first tasks are to grab two Swiss satellites launched in 2009 and 2010. (www.independent.co.uk) More...

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sparkie624
sparkie624 2
The Tidy Bowl Guy of Space.
sheka
mark tufts 1
what a waste of taxpayer money with the swiss
dbrooks84
David Brooks 1
I wonder how they are going to catch things? A really big fish net ? !
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
Wonder where the dump site is? Earth I guess. Thanks.
stansdds
With all the junk now in orbit with all the satellites, something needs to be done.
airclaxon1
Paul Claxon 1
If it works, it's a great idea !
alistairm
alistairm 1
... and then the space "janitor" will become space junk, lol
dbrooks84
David Brooks 1
I agree with that too.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
It is the Swiss you know. Not much to do up in them hills.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Eventually it would have been there anyway. If they had just let it come down on its own, they probably would just burn up, now they have to get rid of it... EPA, HAZMAT, and all the other crap.
a6n6d6y
andy talty 1
With the micro black holes they created at the LHC...slurrrp...bye bye space junk