Attention Spaceman billionaires, new challenge! Who can clean up all the junk and dangerous debris in low earth orbit?!

That would be a massive service to humanity.

Let's do this!
Also, considering your space businesses all rely on clear access to LEO, it really should matter to you and your business plans.
Considering the DoD relies on LEO to the extreme, they could probably pitch in.

If we get into an ASAT battle, nobody currently has a clean up plan. All focus on capabilities disabled or lost. Not good!
If we can actively clean up our decades in the making mess in LEO, it would lead to all types of new technologies. If we can do that in orbit, we can do pretty much anything. Much knowledge and IP to be gained!

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