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Canadian CubeSat deploys drag sails in deorbit demo

The CanX-7 satellite with its 1 square-meter (10.78 sq ft) drag sails unfurled, in a test ...

A Canadian CubeSat is currently falling out of the sky – but that's all part of the plan. After spending seven months tracking aircraft, the shoebox-sized satellite CanX-7 has started the second phase of its mission, deploying four drag sails to help it fall to Earth faster. The system is designed to demonstrate ways that spacecraft could dispose of themselves when their mission is over, helping to curb the growing space junk problem.

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Category: Space

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  • CubeSat
  • Satellite
  • Space Junk
  • University of Toronto
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