Author Archives: Jessica

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).

ESA joins reentry campaign

ESA experts will host an international campaign to monitor the reentry of a spacecraft expected early next year. Early next year, an uncrewed Chinese space station, Tiangong-1, is expected to reenter the atmosphere following the end of...

Webinar ‘Enabling Technologies for Space Servicin...

A multi-disciplinary team composed of ESA and industrial experts have been busy over the past few months in the Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) at ESA-ESTEC exploring system designs that can enable new on-orbit services. The industrial experts...

REACH treatment of pyrotechnics initiators

Pyrotechnics initiators are used in several space operations. These operations include rocket ignition, safety and recovery, launcher stages and fairing separations, launcher-payload separations, releases of solar arrays, antennas, booms, covers, inflation of systems for shielding, protection and...