Cleansat: Status and way forward

Recently we presented the status and the way forward of the CleanSat project to the internal ESA board.

As we have already described in this previous post: CleanSat, reshaping future satellites, the implementation of space debris mitigation requirements requires an evolution of the current LEO platform and therefore new innovative technologies need to be developed.

The CleanSat approach has strong coordination among the 3 European large system integrators (LSI), the suppliers and ESA. Potential users of the new technologies such as the Earth Observation directorate are also in the loop.

This approach has allowed the definition of harmonised requirements which were discussed and agreed by the LSIs for various building blocks as well as the definition of technological roadmaps for a fast and effective development of the various technologies.

This approach is highly valued by the LSIs and the suppliers and in order to express their support they provided us with the following videos.

CleanSat, a technological programme to build cleaner satellites by OHB

CleanSat, technologies for complying with space debris mitigation requirements by Thales Alenia Space

Furthermore, we have asked suppliers to express their position and Lusospace - involved in the development of demisable magnetorquers - prepared this video.

CleanSat, a strategic market placement by Lusospace

We are therefore proud to say that Europe is fully aware of the issues of space debris and committed to the implementation of space debris mitigation requirements so that future generations will be able to make full use of space.

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