Japan startup launches satellite on mission to monitor space debris

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Japanese startup Astroscale Holdings Inc. said Monday it has successfully launched a satellite to survey the state of a jettisoned rocket section in orbit in space, in what it calls a world first as it seeks to develop technology for space debris removal.

The satellite aboard Rocket Lab USA Inc.'s rocket lifted off from New Zealand on Sunday on a mission to monitor a part of the H2A rocket body that Japan launched in 2009 and which is currently orbiting 600 kilometers above Earth’s surface at high speed.

Space debris has been growing in recent years in line with the increase in launches of sat...

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