space debris

Infrared and phosphorescent markers to avoid future sat...

Hungarian company Admatis had designed infrared and phosphorescent markers to help the navigation of a satellite-chaser approaching a satellite-target. Helpful for future servicing missions, these markers will help to reduce the number of large debris items in orbit....

Next steps from our space servicing webinar

Following our webinar on in-orbit servicing/debris removal, here’s what happens next: participants interested in playing a role in the Service Offer Request (SOR) have one month to discuss their potential involvement with the six companies selected. On...

Safer batteries for cleaner skies

For three years, a consortium led by Airbus, tested batteries under abusive conditions. Why did ESA contracted them to run this activity? The Agency wanted to understand how to keep batteries safe after the end of a...

From ADR to IOS: the legacy of e.Deorbit, part four

For the final interview of the series, we interview Alexander Cropp, part of ESA’s Guidance, Navigation and Control Section, recently joining the group working on e.Deorbit, taking over from Jesus Gil, who also actively supported the group...

Designing to reduce the proliferation of space debris at the end of life
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The re-entry break-up experiment assessment

What goes up into space, may come back again, down to Earth. And sometimes there might actually be an upside to finding a fallen spacecraft in your backyard… as the basis of a nice story to tell...