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CHINA LAUNCHED ROBOT PROTOTYPE NAMED ‘NEO-01’

CHINA LAUNCHED ROBOT PROTOTYPE NAMED ‘NEO-01’

Context

Recently China  launched a robot prototype named ‘NEO-01’, in the Earth’s low orbit.

Details

  • It is a 30kg robot prototype.
  • It has been developed by Shenzhen-based space mining start-up ‘Origin Space’.
  • Its purpose is to observe small celestial bodies in deep space and to experiment with space debris removal techniques.
  • It will use a large net to capture debris left behind by other spacecraft and then burn it using its electric propulsion system.

About Low Earth Orbit

  • An orbit that is relatively close to Earth’s surface.
  • It is relatively low in altitude ranging between 200 and 1200 km above the Earth's surface
  •  It is the orbit most commonly used for satellite imaging.
  • LEO orbits are used by some communications satellites.
  • It is also the orbit used for the International Space Station (ISS).

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