Gallery: Japanese Space Agency to Use Fishing Nets to Scoop Up Space Ju...


In a fascinating use of time-tested technology to address uniquely modern problems, Japanese space agency JAXA is teaming up with Japanese fishing net maker Nitto Seimo to haul in some of the 100,000-plus objects of space junk orbiting the planet. A JAXA 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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  1. Zeppflyer February 8, 2011 at 10:42 am

    They’re hoping to find space whales now.

  2. lazyreader February 8, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I suppose that’s an improvement over catching whales.

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