For Space Junk Cleanup, DragRacer Satellite Will Test ‘Terminator Tape’ This Fall


    schwit1 quotes An experimental mission to test tether-based orbital debris cleanup methods with “Terminator Tape” is slated to launch this fall to test the deorbit performance of two satellites. The Millennium Space Systems mission, called DragRacer, involves two small satellites that are set to launch simultaneously to low Earth orbit (LEO) to measure how fast satellites fall out of space. The goal, the company said, is to study technologies for removing space debris from orbit. One of the satellites will fall from orbit on its own. The second satellite, meanwhile, will use an onboard tether made of Terminator Tape that’s designed to speed up reentry and deorbit the craft. Read more of this story at Slashdot.


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