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Startup eyes way to cleanse the heavens of space junk

TOKYO -- A Singapore-based aerospace venture is working toward a 2020 debut for a service to remove old microsatellites from orbit, anticipating a growing need amid increasingly crowded skies.

     Astroscale plans to launch a prototype spacecraft in the first half of 2018 as a start. A special adhesive will capture disused microsatellites, which will then be permanently taken out the picture by burning up in the atmosphere.

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