Japan’s fishing line experiment in space fails to make a catch – Ars Technica


After a trash-laden Japanese cargo spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station in late January it still had one task to perform before it burned up in the atmosphere—test an innovative space debris removal technology.

The HTV-6 spacecraft left the station on January 27 after delivering 5 tons of food, water, experiments, and more. After its release, the HTV-6 moved away from the station and descended into a lower orbit. There, it was to conduct the KITE (Kounotori Integrated Tether Experiment) test, in which a 20kg mass would move away from the spacecraft and unspool a 700-meter tether.

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