Swiss scientists believe they have a solution to help tidy up the junkyard of satellites over our heads.
It's called CleanSpace One and it's designed to tackle the 17,000-mph mess we've made around our planet.
The $11 million "janitor satellite" is under development at the Swiss Space Center in the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology (EPFL). Its target: derelict satellites 430 miles up that threaten our communications and information networks.
There are some 16,000 bits of debris in the near heavens that are larger than 4 inches across. They're mostly satellite and rocket components hurtling around like hornets in a bag, and they can also endanger the lives of astronauts. The International Space Station has to adjust its orbit to get out of the traffic. … Read more