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JAXA To Use Fishing Nets To Scoop Up Space Junk 210

An anonymous reader writes "We've seen high-fallutin proposals to tackling the space junk problem before — and now the Japanese space agency JAXA has teamed up with Japanese fishing net maker Nitto Seimo to haul in some of the 100,000-plus objects of space junk orbiting the planet. AJAXA satellite will deploy and release a kilometers-wide net made by Nitto Seimo of ultra-thin triple layered metal threads. The net will gradually be drawn into Earth's magnetic field and burned up along with the abandoned satellites, engine parts and other litter it's collected."
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JAXA To Use Fishing Nets To Scoop Up Space Junk

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  • But, but... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Locke2005 ( 849178 ) on Wednesday February 09, 2011 @01:40PM (#35152318)
    What are they doing to make sure the net doesn't also entrap space dolphins?
  • by Stenchwarrior ( 1335051 ) on Wednesday February 09, 2011 @01:43PM (#35152362)
    "ABC News reports that since JAXA launched it's 'Space Net', mysteriously all communication and research satellites have been taken offline, except the ones belonging to Japan. As a result, stock prices for communications companies world-wide have plummeted except, of course, in Japan and have created panic and chaos on a global scale. Companies are now struggling to build and deploy hundreds of new satellites, but in the meantime are forced to piggy-pack services across Japan-based companies. For now, ABC news must be referred to as JBC. Back to you, Chou Youn..."

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