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Switzerland Planning to Launch Space Vacuum Cleaner into the Vacuum of Space
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Post# 169720   2/15/2012 at 21:43 (2,975 days old) by sudsmaster ()        

Well, somebody had to do it.

Seriously, this is a plan to launch a debris gobbling satellite to find and "ingest" orbiting debris and then return it safely to earth. A way to clean up the cosmos, I suppose.

I do wonder, however, if Miele is one of the subcontractors for the debris sucking spacecraft.



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Post# 169735 , Reply# 1   2/16/2012 at 01:42 (2,975 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

From the video-the device isn't really a vacuum cleaner--after all the vacuum cleaner will not work in space-but the machine is a space born grappeling hook to snag,grab and bring down the peice of space debris-yes its up there-remember a tour of an Air Force phased array radar station-was fascinating.this could track hundreds or thousands of objects at once.You can zero into a peice you want to track and track it.Was fun to use.the "peices" were designated with numbers.there are several of the phased array radar stations in the US to track not only space debris,but incoming enemy missles and such.the frequencies this thing runs on are classified.The tour was fascinating-would like to have worked there.




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