Space harpoon skewers 'orbital debris'
15 February 2019
The British-led mission to test techniques to clear up space junk has demonstrated a harpoon in orbit.
The RemoveDebris satellite fired the projectile into a target board held at a distance on the end of a boom.
Video of the event shows the miniature spear fly straight and true, and with such force that it actually breaks the target structure.
Image credit: AIRBUS - The target breaks off the boom when the harpoon hits home