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Can scientist use a laser bean to push space junk out of orbit?

Their idea: fit a satellite with a type of propulsion system known as a helicon plasma thruster, then shoot space junk with the beam of plasma it produces. The force of the carefully aimed shot will knock a piece of space junk out of Earth’s orbit and into the atmosphere where it will burn up.
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I think that could be done.
The idea hasn't rattled around in my brain long enough to think of any big downsides, other than the ones that exist even if their orbit decays naturally.
Either way, we would still have the occasional debris that would make it to the ground.
Larger chunks wouldn't all burn up on reentry.
If I had my way, we'd be able to salvage all of it. I don't see that happening, though. It would cost much more than the stuff is worth.
They have to come up with something. All that junk is hazardous to launches, and functioning satellites and stations.

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