Hard on the heels of its leading role in Europe’s RemoveDebris active debris removal demonstration in low Earth orbit, the UK’s Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) has shipped the target satellite for Astroscale’s ELSA-d end-of-life services’ demo mission. The 16-kg (35-lb.) target is on its way to startup Astroscale in Tokyo, where it will be attached to the Chaser satellite for environmental testing ahead of the planned launch in 2020 on a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur ...

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