Can magnetic space tugs clean up space junk?

Artist's concept of a magnetic tug nearing a derelict satellite

Space debris is a growing problem, so to keep the orbits around Earth free of manmade hazards, an ESA-funded scientist is developing a magnetic space tug that could lock onto derelict satellites and deorbit them before they become a hazard to navigation. Using cryogenic magnets, the tugs wouldn’t have to even touch the derelicts and the targets wouldn’t need to be specially modified for towing.

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