The ELSA-d spacecraft of Japan-based start-up Astroscale has actually efficiently caught a substitute item of space junk, finishing the initial stage of a demo goal that can lead the way for a much less messy future in orbit. 

Launched on March 22, ELSA-d (brief for “End-of-Life Solutions by Astroscale presentation”) brought with it to orbit a 37-pound (17 kgs) cubesat fitted with a magnetic docking plate. Throughout the experiment on Wednesday (Aug. 25), ground controllers initial from another location launched a mechanical securing device connecting the cubesat to the major 386-pound (175 kg) elimination craft, Astroscale stated in a statement. Both satellites were still held with each other by the magnetic system, which is in charge of catching the particles.