Berlin — The European Space Agency says it has a € 86 million ($ 102 million) contract with a Swiss start-up to bring large orbital trash back to Earth.
The agency announced Thursday that it will have its “first active debris removal mission” in 2025 under a contract with ClearSpace SA.
Experts have long warned that hundreds of thousands of space debris surrounding the planet, including the lost mirrors of astronauts, pose a threat to functioning satellites and even the International Space Station. Several teams are working on how to tackle the problem.
The object that goes out of orbit is the so-called Vespa payload adapter used to hold and release the satellite in 2013. It weighs about 247 pounds.
Europe signs $ 102 million contract to bring space debris home
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