As low earth orbit is starting to get cluttered with space debris, countries with very active space programs like Japan is trying ways to clean this mess. To solve this problem, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is teaming up with fishing equipment manufacturer Nitto Seimo, to build a magnetic net that will be able to fish out floating space debris.
The first test of this “clean up” equipment is scheduled for late February. A Japanese rocket will be launched to deploy a specially developed satellite made by researchers at Kagawa University. Once the special satellite is in orbit, it will unreel a wire net around 300 meters long that will then generate a magnetic field strong enough to (theoretically) attract some of the debris in orbit, most of which is metal.