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Can engineers steer statellites that are no longer functioning back to Earth?

Now military scientists think they’ve found a practical way to de-clutter. By equipping new satellites with thin tethers that can pick up on electromagnetic fields, Scientific American reports that engineers can steer them back down to Earth when the time comes, without using any fuel.
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https://futurism.com/the-byte/us-testing-space-propulsion-system-no-fuel

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That's an interesting idea.
Going forward, it'd be nice if all satellites were capable of being guided from Earth.
That would be a heck of a lot more efficient and cost effective than sending up clean up units later.
This sounds like a pretty simple and cheap design, too.
There's an awful lot of litter out there and something needs to be done about it.

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