Musk: SpaceX Could Use Starship to Collect Space Debris Written 7 July 2021


Starship SN9 on the launch pad. | Credit: Jared Krahn Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 4.0

The Hill reports that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk “says the private rocket company’s Starship rocket system could be used to collect space junk orbiting the Earth.” Musk tweeted Saturday that the Starship could fly “around space & chomp up debris with the moving fairing door.” According to SpaceX, “the Starship’s fairing door opens when it reaches a certain orbit to deploy a payload and closes before returning to Earth.” Last year, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell “told Time Magazine Starship could possibly store space junk in its cargo bay until returning to Earth.”
Full Story (The Hill)