The Arianespace Soyuz rocket carrying six satellites built by Airbus SE and partner OneWeb blasts off from the launch pad in Kourou, French Guiana, February 27, 2019. (Service Optique CSG/©ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE/Handout via REUTERS)
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Europe needs its own technology to guard against a growing threat to its satellites from space junk ranging from dead satellites to tiny particles, according to a top adviser to the European Space Agency.This includes guiding defunct satellites into orbits that will see them fall into Earth's atmosphere and burn up – a project that would cost some 200 million euros over three years, he said.Of the 114 satellite launches in 2018, only eight were European, compared to 39 Chinese, 34 U.S., and 20 Russian, according to the ESA.
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