ABOVE: Dr Jamie Reed tests the equipment
A special "harpoon" which will be capable of searching for redundant satellites and destroying them, is being developed in Stevenage...
Astrium are working on a harpoon system that will grab rogue or decommissioned pieces of equipment and pull them back down to earth where they will burn up in the atmosphere.
The Gunnels Wood Road company says they are trying to deal with the problem of dangerous debris which could collide with satellites we rely on.
Dr Jamie Reed says just one incident left space dangerously littered with "orbital junk": "There was a test of a Chinese anti-satellite weapon where they fire a rocket from China.
That hit one of their old satellites and destroyed it before generating about 6,000 items of debris, which are circling the earth. The rest of the debris is old satellites and rockets."
(BELOW: The prototype design for the "Harpoon")
AUDIO: Hear more from Dr Reed on the audio player below...
(ABOVE: Dr Jamie Reed)
VIDEO: JACK fm's Bryan Rutherford speaks to Dr Jamie Read from Astrium...
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