D-Orbit’s Self-Destruct Modules for Satellites Could Help Fix the Space Junk Problem

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Humans have gotten pretty good at launching stuff into space—but way less good at getting stuff back down.

Up in lower Earth orbit, along with a thousand-plus productive satellites, there are many more slackers: space junk, cosmic trash, garbage of the highest-orbiting order.

According to the European Space Agency’s latest statistics, there are about 29,000 pieces of such junk larger than

 
 
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