The space debris sweeper was first successfully tested in September 2018. Then
Now the satellite has caught a real piece of another vehicle - with the help of a net with an arrow 1.5 m long and a harpoon ejected at a speed of 20 m / s.
The satellite tests began in May 2018, when RemoveDEBRIS was launched into orbit by the SpaceX rocket.
Today, the Earth’s orbit ismore than 750 thousand objects of space debris with a diameter of more than 1 cm, moving at a speed of more than 28 thousand km / h. Basically, they are various remnants of rockets or shuttles, ranging from huge accelerating blocks to small bolts and nuts.