(EPFL/Rex Features ) CleanSpace One's mission is to grab hold of a piece of space junk - in this case an out-of-commission Swiss nanosatellite measuring 10cm on each side - and thrust it into the atmosphere, where it will burn up.
CleanSpace One Will Sweep Up 370,000 Pieces of Junk Orbiting the Planet
SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 Ellie Zolfagharifard, Daily Mail
Swiss scientists will launch a ‘janitor’ satellite with flexible tentacles that could sweep up space junk within five years.
CleanSpace One will be sent to remove thousands of bits of jettisoned rocket and satellite components orbiting our planet at speeds of more than 28,000 km/h.
The satellite will get hold of orbiting debris and throw it back into Earth's atmosphere, where they will burn up on re-entry. Read more: Daily Mail