Q. “Harpoon Capture” is recently in news, is related to which of the following?

[A] Space debris

[B] Deep-Sea fishing

[C] Fossil finding technique

[D] Horticulture

Answer: A

A harpoon designed to capture orbital junk has been successfully tested in space for the first time as part of the active debris-removal demonstration mission called RemoveDebris.  

  • The pen-size titanium harpoon developed by Airbus engineers in the U.K. was fired into an aluminum target, which extended from the spacecraft attached to a carbon-fiber boom.  
  • During the test, it successfully snagged the target out of orbit and reeled it back to the main spacecraft. 

Source: ForumIAS factly