e.deorbit

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...

Space: “Our” Final Frontier

Recent years have seen a new wave of activism when it comes to space exploration: several new commercial players have emerged beside agencies and institutions, with visionary ideas for the future of humanity as a multi-planetary species....

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...