That is why I am excited that Altius Space Machines just announced an intense effort to mature their "Sticky Boom" docking tool. And through that "sprint" as they call it, Altius intends to blog daily on their progress - good or bad - words or pics or video. Their website makes it sound like a pretty aggressive development schedule to develop their "Sticky Boom".
The Altius website described Sticky Boom as a long boom with a sticky pad on the end that can:
get meaningful adhesion to almost any material imaginable. Plastic, metal, rock, ceramic, MLI or MMOD blankets. Flat surfaces, curved surfaces, multi-faceted surfaces, completely random surfaces like NEOs. Even dust or regolith for that matter. You get all of the “contact at a distance” benefits that Kirk and Joseph Bonometti talked about, while also enabling secure connection with “non-cooperative” objects like uncontrolled satellites, Mars Sample Return sample canisters, space junk, and even asteroids or comets.