LACONIA — A new Laconia company is hoping to fill a vacuum and is willing to send a satellite – you might think of it as a Roomba for low-earth orbit – into the vacuum of space to do it. If their plans pan out, the owners of Rogue Space Systems expect their venture might make space a little tidier and, by extension, a safer place to operate.

One of the two worst days in the history of space exploration occurred on Feb. 1, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard and grounding the Space Shuttle program.

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