Steering ESA satellites clear of space debris30 October 2014
Steering ESA satellites clear of space debris30 October 2014 Improved collision warnings for its Earth observation missions means ESA controllers can now take more efficient evasive action when satellites are threatened by space junk.
SocialSpace Optics: watching, communicating, connecting05 September 2014
SocialSpace Optics: watching, communicating, connecting05 September 2014 Apply to join some of world’s top experts in spaceborne optical technology and instrumentation, optical astronomy and next-gen laser communication at ESA’s SocialSpace Optics, a social media event, on 7–8 October.
ESA makes space debris software available online25 June 2014
ESA makes space debris software available online25 June 2014 A new website will enable rapid updates for experts using ESA’s suite of space-debris software tools to perform risk assessment and analysis of debris mitigation actions for missions currently in orbit and to be better prepared for future ones.
Whale of a target: harpooning space debris 24 June 2014
Whale of a target: harpooning space debris 24 June 2014 Faced with the challenge of capturing tumbling satellites to clear key orbits, ESA is considering turning to an ancient terrestrial technology: the harpoon.
Sailing satellites into safe retirement20 December 2013
Sailing satellites into safe retirement20 December 2013 When satellites reach the end of their working lives, they may pose a threat to other spacecraft as they continue to orbit in a dormant state for many decades. But now a new way to deorbit ageing satellites in a safe manner is nearing its first test i...
The right response at the right time: Holger Krag interview21 August 2013 Holger Krag, of ESA's Space Debris Office, is advising the Clean Space team on the two ‘off-the-planet’ branches of the initiative: space debris mitigation and remediation.