As satellites crowd space, VC-backed Astroscale draws interest clearing orbiting junk

Astroscale Japan Inc President Miki Ito poses with a model of the company's IDEA OSG 1, the world's first in-situ micro satellite, at the company in Tokyo, Japan, December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

As the satellite industry booms, a Japan-based venture is working to prevent space-debris collisions that could paralyze transport, defense and telecommunications systems.

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