How e.Deorbit landed in Oakland, California

It was a month ago when– through the voice and talent of Emmett FitzGerald and Roman Mars, producer and host (and much more) of the podcast 99percentinvisible (99percentinvisible.org) – ESA’s e.Deorbit mission suddenly landed in the ears...

Lettre ouverte de Thomas Pesquet à Clean Space

Bonjour Thomas, À quelques jours de ton envol vers la Station spatiale internationale, nous avons la chance de pouvoir regarder, sur la chaîne française Planète +, SOS Débris spatiaux, le dernier épisode de la série Espace, l’odyssée...

De-orbit drag sail put to test

The completion of a “Deployable membrane” activity through ESA’s GSTP programme has helped advance a new type of European passive de-orbiting subsystem, undertaken through ESA’s Clean Space initiative. The industrial team composed by HTS as prime with...

Get your satellite to sleep safely II

From the beginning of the Space Age to our days, about 700000 objects larger than 1 cm have accumulated in orbit, counting both currently operational satellites and space debris. If you consider that the force of a...

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...

And yet, another ESTEC Open Day

When on October the 2nd, ESA’s technical heart opened its door to a public of space lovers of any age, we were there too. It is never easy to prepare for such an event, and there are...

Designing Satellites to be captured

€10 to €13 billion is the estimated combined total cost to clean up litter each year in Europe, for which the majority of the funding is raised through tax. It’s not completely unrealistic to assume that in...

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...

Get your satellite to sleep safely

In the past, after the end of life, besides being left in orbit, spacecraft were also left with their batteries charged and connected, which poses a risk of battery breakup. This was one of the causes of...

What is a space debris?

This post has been written by Erwan Matton, stagiaire within the Clean Space team from 1st of May 2016 to 31st of August 2016.