Satel­lite tries to hit a tar­get in space

Science Illustrated - - SPACE JUNK -

2 Re­moveDEBRIS’ sec­ond test is about fir­ing a har­poon at a 10 x 10 cm plate from a dis­tance of 1.5 m. The plate is de­signed to look like the alu­minium pan­els sur­round­ing the elec­tron­ics of most satel­lites. The small har­poon in­cludes four barbs, which at­tach them­selves to the plate. The har­poon is a smaller ver­sion of a full-size model, which is be­ing tested by Air­bus. The large har­poon is force­ful enough to pen­e­trate 3- cm-thick alu­minium plates and must be able to hit tar­gets from a dis­tance of up to 25 m.

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