from RT.com: Japan’s space agency is subcontracting a fishing net company to
develop a technology to clean up the space junk that poses a direct
threat to Earth’s communication networks. The mission is planned for
2019, with first tests scheduled for this February.
Tokyo’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Nitto Seimo Co, a
company with almost a century-long experience in fishing net
manufacturing, have already developed a space net measuring 1
kilometer long and 30cm wide in a bid to clear Earth’s orbit from
some 100 million pieces of man-made junk.
Made of three strong and flexible lengths of metal fiber, the net
is scheduled to be first tested in orbit in February. During the
first phase a satellite will unreal a wire net of some 300 meters
long that will use a specially generated magnetic field to
reel-in the debris just above our atmosphere.