ESA Space Debris Office

ESA's Space Debris Office coordinates debris research activities
Space debris objects in orbit

ESA's Space Debris Office coordinates the Agency's research activities on space debris, coordinates such activities with national research efforts, and provides operational services. Since the mid-1980s, ESA has been active in all research, technology and operational aspects related to space debris. The Agency team is mainly located at the European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany, and the European Space Research & Technology Centre, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

The Space Debris Office coordinates ESA's research activities in all major debris disciplines, including measurements, modelling, protection, and mitigation, and coordinates such activities with national research efforts with space agencies in Italy (ASI), the United Kingdom (BNSC), France (CNES) and Germany (DLR). Together with ESA, these national agencies form the European Network of Competences on Space Debris.

Last update: 11 December 2012

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