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.
Does 3D printing have the right stuff?20 June 2014
Does 3D printing have the right stuff?20 June 2014 3D-printed parts promise a revolution in the space industry, rapidly creating almost any object needed. But do the results really have the right stuff for flying in space? ESA is now checking if their surface finish comes up to scratch.
Probing satellites’ mysterious death tumbling28 May 2014 Down on the ground, death equals stillness – but not in space. Derelict satellites can tumble in unpredictable ways and ESA’s team tasked with developing a space salvage mission want to find out why.
Raising awareness and winning the argument: Kai-Uwe Schrogl interview14 May 2014 Kai-Uwe Schrogl might be regarded as a leading “godfather” of Clean Space. As the Head of the ESA Policies Department he was present at the birth of the initiative, having previously tackled the policy and legal issues related to the protection of the...
Readying ESA's 'garbage truck': Robin Biesbroek interview21 March 2014 Robin Biesbroek runs system-level activities for Clean Space, meaning that he takes care of studies focused on the design of a mission for space remediation – part of Clean Space Branch 4: Technologies for Space Debris Remediation.
Reducing debris threat from satellite batteries13 March 2014
Reducing debris threat from satellite batteries13 March 2014 Across a satellite’s working life, batteries keep the craft’s heart beating whenever it leaves sunlight. But after its mission ends, those same batteries may threaten catastrophe.