Wild space ‘ferry’ idea uses paragliders to return to Earth

Dropping in twice from a dozen miles high in the stratosphere, a paraglider safely touched down on Earth in a key milestone aimed at removing space debris.

The high-altitude tests in April 2022 were the flying start to Outpost Technologies’ vision: to gently return used space hardware back to Earth for reflight or examination. That hardware could be satellites low on fuel, or used-up science experiments on the International Space Station (ISS).