Planetes Bonus

Spotted on the BBC’s News site today:

UK researchers have developed a device to drag space debris out of orbit.

They plan to launch a demonstration of their “CubeSail” next year. It is a small satellite cube that deploys a thin, 25-sq-m plastic sheet.

Residual air molecules still present in the spacecraft’s low-Earth orbit will catch the sheet and pull the object out of the sky much faster than is normal.

Read the full article, Tiny cube to tackle space debris.