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RPI researchers developing robot to collect debris in space

April 23, 2019 09:35 PM

Researchers at RPI in Troy are trying to clean up some of the trash in space. 

They sent NewsChannel 13 a diagram of a device they are developing called "Oscar"-- it stands for Obsolete Spacecraft Capture and Renewal. 

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After it's done collecting debris, Oscar will be programed to de-orbit within five years, destroying itself and everything it collected. 

According to the European Space Agency, there are nearly 129 million pieces of debris floating in space. 

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Muneib Chater

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