ecodesign

REACH treatment of pyrotechnics initiators

Pyrotechnics initiators are used in several space operations. These operations include rocket ignition, safety and recovery, launcher stages and fairing separations, launcher-payload separations, releases of solar arrays, antennas, booms, covers, inflation of systems for shielding, protection and...

Ground Segment LCA – ESA ITT published!

The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies performed by ESA up until now focussed on both spacecraft and launchers and identified the environmental impact in terms of various environmental indicators such as Global Warming Potential, Ozone Depletion Potential,...

Earth Overshoot Day 2017

August 2nd marked the Earth Overshoot Day in 2017. This is the day in each year when humanity’s demand for ecological resources rises above what the Earth can regenerate in one year. It thus marks the day...

ESA, global leader for an environmental space sector

Beginning of 2017, ESA issued the Space system life cycle assessment (LCA) guidelines. The guideline helps space actor to carry out LCAs and communicate in a consistent way. It is available on simple request to the European...

Ecodesign: Learning by playing

We love introducing students to ecodesign of space missions. Here’s how we do it. Do you remember when we said that an important part of the EcoDesign initiative here at Clean Space was implementing training sessions in...

How do you build a green satellite?

For 5 years ESA has been carrying out studies about the environmental impacts of its missions. The next move is to design a green satellite, reducing the environmental impacts compared to a traditionally designed one. This will...

REACH to change space

The European environmental regulation REACH has considerable implications for European industrial activities. But space, as a strategic asset of fundamental importance for the independence, security and prosperity of Europe and due to its nature and high technological...

EcoDesigning space technologies

Whilst no formal proposal for ecoDesign will be made at this year’s ministerial, there is still a lot of exciting work on the way in 2017 and 2018

Eco(re)designing space

The protection of the environment against the onslaught of climate change is arguably the most pressing challenge facing humanity. Clean Space thinks so at least.