Author Archives: Jessica

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...

Regulating space activities in a safe and sustainable m...

Nowadays, the seriousness of the space debris problem is pretty well recognised internationally. Space system designers, operators, policy makers, as well as astronauts, share the view that common rules are essential to regulate space activities in a...

How do materials behave during atmospheric re-entry?

Since March 2014, all ESA satellites and launcher upper stages which will be disposed of by atmospheric re-entry at the end of their operational life must demonstrate that the risk from fragments surviving the re-entry and causing...