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Japan's Astroscale launches space debris-removal satellite

Startup's demonstration is first-ever commercial orbital cleanup mission

The Rocket with the Astroscale's satellite aboard launched successfully from Kazakhstan on March 22 after two days' delay. (Courtesy of GK Launch Services)

TOKYO -- Japanese startup Astroscale launched a satellite on Monday designed to usher in an era of sustainable space flight by locating and retrieving used satellites and other space junk. The six-month demonstration project is the first of its kind by a commercial satellite operator.

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