Posted on January 5, 2017 by Jessica
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...
Posted on January 2, 2017 by Jessica
Cleansat: Status and way forward
Recently we presented the status and the way forward of the CleanSat project to the internal ESA board.
Posted on November 4, 2016 by Jessica
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...
Posted on September 9, 2016 by Jessica
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...
Posted on August 11, 2016 by Jessica
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.
Posted on August 5, 2016 by Jessica
Why would we build a satellite that breaks apart?
New regulations require future satellites to guarantee by design that risk for casualties on ground during re-entry is less than 1 in 10.000. This is already state-of-the-art for small satellites.
Posted on July 13, 2016 by Jessica
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...
Posted on June 17, 2016 by Jessica
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...
Posted on May 18, 2016 by Jessica
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...
Posted on April 14, 2016 by Jessica
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...