Author Archives: Jessica

Earth Overshoot Day 2017

August 2nd marked the Earth Overshoot Day in 2017. This is the day in each year when humanity’s demand for ecological resources rises above what the Earth can regenerate in one year. It thus marks the day...

SMA valves to prevent in-orbit explosions

Shape Memory Alloy valves can be used in space for reducing the risks of spacecraft break-ups. ESA is investigating in SMA valves that could be activated at the end of the missions to vent all the remaining...

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System approach and its use in Clean Space

It might sound very ambitious to design technologies that will allow satellites to take care of their end-of-life and to reduce the environmental impact of space missions. But here at Clean Space, we feel that we can...

What is a “Launching State”

International law contains a set of rules which governs space activities and which is commonly referred to as (international) space law. One of the concepts at the heart of space law is known as the “launching State”....

A space for debris

Anyone concerned with the challenge of space debris came together at ESA’s ESOC mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, last month. Several topics dealt with Clean Space activities

EVENT: REACH obsolescence risk and supply chain managem...

In May ESA organises a Materials and Processes Technology Board stakeholder day at ESTEC, in the Netherlands, focused on REACH obsolescence risk and supply chain management. To address challenges of the REACH regulation, especially to understand those...

High School Students present their ideas on capturing d...

On March 15, two groups of high school students presented their ideas on space debris capture at ESTEC’s Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Engineers from ESA’s Clean Space initiative and other areas of expertise...

ESA, global leader for an environmental space sector

Beginning of 2017, ESA issued the Space system life cycle assessment (LCA) guidelines. The guideline helps space actor to carry out LCAs and communicate in a consistent way. It is available on simple request to the European...