CleanSat, reshaping future satellites15 July 2016
CleanSat, reshaping future satellites15 July 2016 CleanSat in 5 points: CleanSat pursues the development of technologies for Space Debris Mitigation ESA, system integrators and subsystem, and equipment manufacturers are involved in CleanSat with a coordinated approach ESA is making the European...
e.Deorbit: Pushing the Boundaries of Space Technologies 11 July 2016 5 key points about eDeorbit: 1. e.Deorbit will be the first ever Active Debris Removal Mission 2. ADR missions are needed to stabilise the space debris environment 3. In line with the above need, the e.Deorbit Mission Goal is to capture a heavy, ES...
Setting a satellite to catch a satellite08 July 2016
Setting a satellite to catch a satellite08 July 2016 The target is set: a large derelict satellite currently silently tumbling its way through low orbit. If all goes to plan, in 2023 it will vanish – and efforts against space debris will have made a giant leap forward.
Simulating reentries for safer satellites 24 February 2016
Simulating reentries for safer satellites 24 February 2016 It’s not often that space engineers get to practise the destruction of satellites, but a team came together at ESA to simulate and analyse just that – the culmination of a 14-month ‘design for demise’ project.
Talking rubbish: anti-space debris discussion set for May12 January 2016
Talking rubbish: anti-space debris discussion set for May12 January 2016 European companies and organisations engaged in meeting the challenge of space debris are invited to gather at ESA’s technical heart for this year’s Clean Space industrial days.
2D zero-g testing for space robotics21 December 2015
2D zero-g testing for space robotics21 December 2015 A robotic arm reaches out to grapple a drifting satellite but its grip slips, pushing the space junk out into the void. True weightlessness is impossible to replicate for long on Earth, but a new ESA laboratory is doing the next best thing: simulating...