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Burning up a magnetorquer in a plasma wind tunnel

The complete demise of a magnetorquer has been obtained at high heat flux level during a test in German plasma wind tunnel facilities. Why is that interesting? Several activities and simulations have highlighted a number of critical...

Infrared and phosphorescent markers to avoid future sat...

Hungarian company Admatis had designed infrared and phosphorescent markers to help the navigation of a satellite-chaser approaching a satellite-target. Helpful for future servicing missions, these markers will help to reduce the number of large debris items in orbit....

Safer batteries for cleaner skies

For three years, a consortium led by Airbus, tested batteries under abusive conditions. Why did ESA contracted them to run this activity? The Agency wanted to understand how to keep batteries safe after the end of a...

Designing to reduce the proliferation of space debris at the end of life
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The re-entry break-up experiment assessment

What goes up into space, may come back again, down to Earth. And sometimes there might actually be an upside to finding a fallen spacecraft in your backyard… as the basis of a nice story to tell...

ESA now designs its satellites for removal

A safe and secure space environment is a requirement for all current and future space activities. Analyses performed by ESA and NASA indicate that the only means of sustaining the orbital environment at a safe level for...