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This year, the rocket company SpaceX is beginning a new series of launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, and a student project from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo is scheduled to be on board SpaceX's new ridesharing program to space.

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Thousands of small objects are currently orbiting Earth, and while some are working satellites, a lot are junk. Cal Poly state university in San Luis Obispo has joined forces with the U.S. Department of Defense to monitor all the space debris—and come up with some ways to reduce it.