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May 24 2013

Laser beams to knock space debris off collision course

While various parties continue to debate whether harpooning space junk or collecting it with giant nets is the best course of action, an Australian company says it's close to being able to knock debris off collision courses with a 10 kilowatt ground laser.

A study announced at the Sixth European Conference on Space Debris, 23 April, revealed that over the next 200 years the amount of space junk near Earth would increase perilously, leading to more frequent space collisions that threaten satellites and spacecraft alike. Later in the conference, EOS Space Systems stepped in to reveal it has a plan to tackle this problem -- the fruits of ten year's worth of labour.

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