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...
Go for the burn: how to melt a satellite15 December 2015
Go for the burn: how to melt a satellite15 December 2015 Imagine being confronted with half a tonne or more of metal and composite structures, electronics boxes and solar panels – an unwanted satellite. And then being handed a blowtorch and told to melt it into vapour.
More successful than we expected: Luisa Innocenti interview 17 November 2015
More successful than we expected: Luisa Innocenti interview 17 November 2015 Luisa Innocenti has been leading the Clean Space effort since it first received authorisation at ESA’s 2012 Council of European Ministers, while also serving as its ambassador to the wider European and global space sectors. With a new Ministerial coun...
Developing anti-space debris technologies27 October 2015
Developing anti-space debris technologies27 October 2015 ESA is teaming up with Europe’s satellite makers and equipment suppliers to evaluate candidate technologies to prevent the generation of space debris in key orbits by future space missions.