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SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. will develop a satellite to remove space debris with lasers, aiming to launch a related service in 2026.

The satellite communications service provider will make the satellite mainly with government-affiliated research institute Riken and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), it said Thursday.

The satellite will use lasers to push space debris into Earth’s atmosphere so it burns up, according to SKY Perfect JSAT.

There are some 34,000 pieces of space debris at least 10 cm long, including fragments of old satellites and rockets, orbiting Earth. This space junk is hindering the deployment of new satellites.

“We can’t avoid the problem of space debris, which will become a threat to our business in the future,” SKY Perfect JSAT President Eiichi Yonekura told a news conference.

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