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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...

Get your satellite to sleep safely II

From the beginning of the Space Age to our days, about 700000 objects larger than 1 cm have accumulated in orbit, counting both currently operational satellites and space debris. If you consider that the force of a...

Get your satellite to sleep safely

In the past, after the end of life, besides being left in orbit, spacecraft were also left with their batteries charged and connected, which poses a risk of battery breakup. This was one of the causes of...

What is a space debris?

This post has been written by Erwan Matton, stagiaire within the Clean Space team from 1st of May 2016 to 31st of August 2016.

CleanSat, reshaping future satellites

CleanSat in 5 points: CleanSat pursues the development of technologies for Space Debris Mitigation ESA, system integrators and subsystem, and equipment manufacturers are involved in CleanSat with a coordinated approach ESA is making the European industry the...

What about having a tank in your backyard?

Imagine waking up one morning to find a spacecraft tank in your backyard. For sure would be a very nice story to tell your friends and neighbours, but can it actually happen? In reality yes, many spacecraft...

Clean Space industrial days

On Monday the 23rd of May starts the Clean Space industrial days at ESTEC. For 5 consecutive days, companies from all over Europe will gather together with us to discuss the technological break-through for tackling the space...

Debris | Who will be responsible if

Earlier this month we have received a very interesting question on Twitter: ”Who will be responsible if an escape vessel hits space debris and civilian people die?”. Our colleague, Alexander Soucek, from the Legal Services Departement at...