ESA’s Clean Space initiative to be presented to UK space sector

3 October 2013

Details of ESA’s new Clean Space initiative – developing new technologies to safeguard the terrestrial and orbital environments – are due to be shared with leading UK space firms and researchers at Harwell on Tuesday 29 October.

The UK’s space community is already working in many areas related to Clean Space – for instance, Astrium in Stevenage is developing a harpoon to help capture derelict satellites – but a forthcoming workshop aims to identify UK capabilities, strengths and ambitions in the broad area of environmentally-friendly technologies for space.

The Satellite Application Catapult centre on the Harwell–Oxford campus, adjacent to ESA’s own European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications, is hosting the day-long event, which is organised by the UK Space Agency.

Speakers will include Luisa Innocenti, overseeing Clean Space, and the UK Space Agency’s Chief Engineer, Prof. Richard Crowther.

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Emerging opportunities will be highlighted, with morning presentations on technological domains and draft roadmaps to be followed by parallel breakout sessions mapping technology development.

The event should be of interest to a broad community delivering products or services in all facets of the space industry as well as an opportunity for new entrants. For details of registration, see the UK Space Agency’s invitation.

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