The Swiss Clean Up Space
No, this story is not April Fool. The Swiss, notorious for fanatic cleaning, are sending a special cleaner craft, CleanSpace One, to recapture their own SwissCube, an old decommissioned satellite. The idea is to bring it back through the Earth’s atmosphere to vaporize before it becomes part of the growing cloud of Kessler debris. Kessler debris plays a recurring role in my Frontera series, so I plan to employ the Swiss for this job from now on.
Besides, as you know, Switzerland is my favorite country, for its chocolate, its four national languages, and its cowbells echoing across Alpine valleys.
While this video of the Swiss plan looks exciting (those awesome grappling hooks) it raises questions for me. If cleaning up space junk requires self-destruction of a cleaner module three times the target’s size, does this strategy look viable to scale up? Does anyone have a better idea?