Astroscale – level 3

10-06-2024 07:00

The Earth is surrounded by a growing cloud of space junk, which includes dead satellites. This problem has created a new opportunity for some companies.

Recently, the Japanese startup Astroscale had a very successful stock market debut. The company has received government support from Japan, the US, and the UK to develop a plan for cleaning up space debris. Astroscale aims to create an orbital gripper that can capture old satellites and other space junk and push them toward Earth to burn up in the atmosphere.

The company estimates there are about 10,000 tons of space junk, posing a threat to active satellites and space stations. Japanese investors are becoming increasingly interested in space technology firms. Tokyo has promised billion-dollar grants and contracts to double the size of its space industry and enhance national security.

Difficult words: debut (the first public appearance), grant (a sum of money given by a government for a particular purpose), enhance (to improve the quality, amount, or strength of something).

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What is the purpose of the orbital gripper that Astroscale aims to create and how does it plan to deal with space junk?


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