17 Feb '12, 11am

WSLive: Swiss craft janitor satellites to grab space junk: GENEVA (AP) - The tidy Swiss want to clean up space.

WSLive: Swiss craft janitor satellites to grab space junk: GENEVA (AP) - The tidy Swiss want to clean up space.

In this illustration provided by the Swiss Space Center of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) on Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012, the CleanSpace One is chasing its target, one of the CubeSats launched by Switzerland in 2009. -- PHOTO: AP GENEVA (AP) - The tidy Swiss want to clean up space. Swiss scientists said on 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 (S$13.6 million) 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 ...

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