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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...

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ESA Euronews: What can be done about space debris?

Space debris has become a pressing issue, with objects in orbit flying out of control, posing a risk to satellites and to astronauts. Last month, Jeremy Wilks and its filming crew attended the Clean Space Industrial Day,...

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System approach and its use in Clean Space

It might sound very ambitious to design technologies that will allow satellites to take care of their end-of-life and to reduce the environmental impact of space missions. But here at Clean Space, we feel that we can...

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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,...

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eDeorbit: ESA’s active debris removal mission

ESA’s Clean Space initiative is studying an active debris removal mission called e.Deorbit, which will target an ESA-owned derelict satellite in low orbit, capture it, then safely burn it up in a controlled atmospheric reentry. e.Deorbit will...

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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...