International Space Station began a satellite on Wednesday, i.e. June 20, 2018. The spacecraft is named as the RemoveDEBRIS satellite. The launch of the satellite marks the business end of the mission.

It is happening for the first time that new technology will be aiming at locating, capturing the junk present in the space. Once obtained, the space junk will be deorbited by the RemoveDEBRIS satellite.

The SSTL builds the RemoveDEBRIS satellite. The SSTL stands for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. The spacecraft is based around a satellite bus of the SSTL. This satellite bus is known as the SSTL-42. The RemoveDEBRIS satellite launch mission received funding from the European Union.

The RemoveDEBRIS spacecraft is equipped with three Airbus technologies. These three Airbus technologies perform the debris removal actively. A net and a harpoon accompany it. The net and harpoon are used for capturing debris. It also has a Vision-based navigation system called VBN. This vision-based navigation system facilitates the development of rendezvous techniques. Such rendezvous techniques are operative in orbit with the space debris.

Nicolas Chamussy notes, “We have spent many years developing innovative active debris removal systems to be at the forefront of tackling this growing problem of space debris and to contribute to the UNs’ Sustainable Development Goals for our future generations. We will continue to work closely with teams across the world to make our expertise available to help solve this issue.” Nicolas Chamussy is the Head of Airbus Space System.

Japan’s Experiment Module’s Robotic arm on Wednesday deployed the launch mission from the International Space Station.

Professor Guglielmo Aglietti concludes, “After almost five years of development, it is exciting to finally be in a position where we can test these extremely exciting technologies in the field. If successful, the technologies found in RemoveDEBRIS could be included in other missions in the very near future.” Professor Guglielmo Aglietti is the Director of Surrey Space Station at the University of Surrey. He is also the principal investigator for the current RemoveDEBRIS satellite launch mission.