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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...

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e.Deorbit | Want to snag a satellite? Try a fishing net...

One of the promising capture methods currently being studied by ESA is the use of nets to capture non-cooperative space debris. This technology is also being explored for use in other domains. Recently experts from Michigan Technological...

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...

Clean Space | Exciting opportunities to help develop cl...

Whilst major project decisions will be taken at the end of year during the Ministerial conference, the Clean Space technical work continues nonetheless. Our roadmaps show that work comes from many different funding bodies within ESA, such...

e.Deorbit | The e.Deorbit Workplan

e.deorbit will be the first Active Debris Removal (ADR) mission (i.e. to launch a spacecraft and actively remove a piece of debris from orbit) ever conducted. It provides a real opportunity for European industry

Debris | How ESA’s Clean Space vision and space d...

In 1898 the battleship USS Maine exploded in Cuba’s Havana Harbour, for reasons that remain mysterious to this day. The US blamed the colonial Spanish authorities however, and the result was the Spanish-American War. Could a similar...

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Debris | The space debris story

All you ever wanted to know about space debris The story of space debris highlights the unintended consequences of intense spaceflight activity during the past 60 years. Space activities lead to a growing population of debris objects...

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Clean Space | The Debris Menace

A short time ago, in a galaxy close by – right here and now, in fact, ESA’s Clean Space team are fighting back valiantly against a menace threatening to take over space…