A Chinese military satellite designed to mitigate space debris has been launched into space via a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.

The Shinjan-21 satellite is expected to test and verify its debris mitigation technology and has reportedly been sent into a geosynchronous transfer orbit, which is a s a type of geocentric orbit.

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This effort is just one in a long line of other space debris mitigation efforts being attempted across the world to reduce the amount of space junk — satellites that remain in orbit despite having reached the end of their respective lifespans — posing collision threats in space.

Among those efforts enacted are Astroscale’s magnetic capture system, Fujitsu UK’s quantum-inspired computing and artificial intelligence solution and Airbus’ so-called space harpoon.

It is estimated that about 5,000 satellites are currently in orbit, with most having already reached the end of their lifespan, according to experts.

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