Watch: 'Pac-Man' satellite gobbles up space garbage

As space debris continues to accumulate in Earth’s orbit, one group is a step closer to creating a spacecraft to help with the cleanup, Wired UK reports. Engineers with the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Swiss Space Center’s CleanSpace One project have decided on a design known as the “Pac-Man solution” for their space cleanup satellite. The system includes a conical net that would unfold to trap a tiny satellite—called a SwissCube that EPFL launched several years ago for research purposes—and both would ultimately combust together in the atmosphere. The system could be launched as early as 2018, and, if successful, could be used in more widespread cleanup efforts, the researchers say. 

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