Author Archives: Jessica

Modelling a satellite’s fiery fall to Earth

Atmospheric re-entry of satellites is a destructive and difficult to predict process, as the satellite body breaks up into various segments which are scattered and subject to aerothermal heating. There are many uncertainties involved – not only...

Clean Space working with Earth Observation mission desi...

Sharing is caring: that goes for the space industry too – especially when it comes to tackling the common problem of orbit debris. Working on innovative solutions to make future satellites compliant with space debris mitigation, ESA’s...

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Space debris: catch it if we can

Some of them are as large as cars or even buses, they tumble uncontrollably, and they move faster than a speeding bullet, so how do you catch one? “They” are space debris, and you have to remove...

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Thomas Pesquet features in space debris video

On Friday 13 January 2017, Thomas Pesquet – the French astronaut currently flying over our heads in the International Space Station – performed a successful spacewalk. If you followed the resulting comments and questions on social media,...

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Podcast: Pollution spatiale sous haute surveillance

A month ago, Aurélie Luneau (of radio France Culture) in the environment programme, ‘De cause à effets, le magazine de l’environnement’, invited Christophe Bonnal, from France’s CNES space agency, Luisa Innocenti, from ESA, and Gérard Brachet, a...