e.deorbit

Applying MBSE to a space mission

ESA is using the Model-Based System Engineering concept to design the e.Deorbit mission since its Phase A. Applying this approach to an entire space mission is a true challenge and was a first. The successful outcome of...

A space for debris

Anyone concerned with the challenge of space debris came together at ESA’s ESOC mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, last month. Several topics dealt with Clean Space activities

High School Students present their ideas on capturing d...

On March 15, two groups of high school students presented their ideas on space debris capture at ESTEC’s Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Engineers from ESA’s Clean Space initiative and other areas of expertise...

Regulating space activities in a safe and sustainable m...

Nowadays, the seriousness of the space debris problem is pretty well recognised internationally. Space system designers, operators, policy makers, as well as astronauts, share the view that common rules are essential to regulate space activities in a...

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...

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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,...