Author Archives: Jessica

Adding ‘Earth Orbits’ to the list of limited natural re...

An essential resource to human survival and progress after clean water, land and air  The way we perceive space today makes it inherently difficult to imagine that anything in this vast expanse might be limited in nature, or that we might run out of it at some point in time. But as they say – all good things must come to an end, and have not Earth orbits been a boon to our spacecraft orbiting Earth since the 1950s? From the time of the first space missions, certain Earth orbits have been invaluable for communication, positioning and surveillance purposes – necessities that we cannot imagine procuring any other way today. For instance,...

How to make environmental friendly space missions?

A lot is done in the space industry to gather knowledge about our changing planet. Many programmes, such as Europe’s Sentinel series of Earth Observation satellites, are providing data to guide policy makers now and in the...

The fight against space debris

On February 28 we hosted a television crew in ESTEC for FOCUS, a Dutch public TV weekly science programme. The topic of their forthcoming episode is “the fight against space debris”, so naturally they wanted to learn...

A methodology for giving economic value to space debris

The first blog post of the series ‘Defining the sustainability of space activities’ has been written by Romain Esteve following its presentation at the 2017 Clean Space Industrial Days. Romain studied the assigning of economic value to...

Defining the sustainability of space activities

A round table on ‘Sustainability of Space’ during our Clean Space Industrial Days gathered together representatives from the space industry, universities and even the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS).