BusinessWeek wrote:Swiss craft janitor satellites to grab space junk," By JOHN HEILPRIN
Swiss scientists said Wednesday they plan to launch a
"janitor satellite" specially designed to get rid of space junk, the
orbiting debris that can do serious and costly damage to valuable
satellites or even manned space ships.
Register wrote:Swiss space-cleaning bot grabs flying junk, hurls itself into furnace
The clock-and-choc-making country today announced plans for a rubbish-grabbing space bot. The tiny 30cm-long (11.8-inch) CleanSpace One from the Swiss Space Center at the University of Lausanne will claim the title of the first janitor satellite.
Sydney Morning Herald wrote:'Janitor satellite' made to clean up space junk
In this illustration provided by the Swiss Space Center of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the CleanSpace One is chasing its target, one of the CubeSats launched by Switzerland in 2009. Photo: EPFL/Swiss Space Center
ENEVA – The tidy Swiss want to clean up space.
Swiss scientists said Wednesday they plan to launch a "janitor satellite" specially designed to get rid of space junk, the orbiting debris that can do serious and costly damage to valuable satellites or even manned space ships.
The 10-million-franc ($10.09m) satellite called CleanSpace One — the prototype for a family of such satellites — is being built by the Swiss Space Centre at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne, or EPFL.
Its launch would come within three to five years and its first tasks will be to grab two Swiss satellites that were launched in 2009 and 2010 but will be phased out of use, EPFL said.