The Japanese-British company Astroscale launched the world's first satellite on March 20, which will clear space from debris. This is important to make sure that new satellites do not risk colliding with the remnants of old ones during the flight.
The satellite was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The mission called ELSA-d was controlled from the center of Oxford.
During the mission, the ELSA-d satellite must identify, approach, and attach to old satellites that are no longer in operation. After that, it must push them into the Earth's atmosphere, where they will burn up.
The European Space Agency estimates that there are currently 3,600 operational satellites in orbit. At the same time, the United States has already found about 28 thousand pieces of debris flying in space.
More than 10,000 satellites are planned to be launched over the next 10 years, mainly from satellite internet providers such as SpaceX or OneWeb.