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Fujitsu builds quantum-inspired computer to clean up space junk

Japanese company says new mission optimizer cuts fuel cost by nearly 20%

Fujitsu's quantum-inspired computer can determine the optimal route for cleaning up space junk, outperforming human engineers. (Source photo by Reuters) 

TOKYO -- Fujitsu has developed a system that will allow spacecraft that sweep up space junk to calculate the optimal route for removing debris from orbit, Nikkei has learned.

The Japanese electronics specialist developed the system using its own quantum-inspired computer. Together with the U.K. Space Agency, Fujitsu demonstrated that the route calculated by the new optimization system was able to reduce fuel costs by about 20% compared with a route determined by engineers.

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