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Robotic Gripper Cleans Up Space Debris

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-27731
Published 2017-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States
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Large amounts of existing space debris pose a threat to satellites, space vehicles, and astronauts aboard those vehicles. However, cleaning up the debris is problematic. For example, suction cups don't work in a vacuum, and traditional sticky substances like tape are largely useless because the chemicals they rely on can't withstand extreme temperature swings.