Tag Archives: debris

Artist's impression of one of the Earth Explorer Swarm satellites. Three identical satellites make up the constellation that is studying the dynamics of Earth's magnetic field. Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab

Debris manoeuvre abort

Today’s debris avoidance manoeuvre has been cancelled! To recap: Based on an assessment of information on hand as of late yesterday, it was clear that the conjunction – a close flyby – of a ca. 15-cm chunk...

Swarm satellite in space Credit: ESA

Swarm debris manoeuvre cancelled

Assessment this AM of latest debris object tracking data and Swarm-B orbit indicated conjunction risk has fallen to acceptable levels.

Commands for a debris avoidance manoeuvre were uploaded to Swarm-B from the EO mission control room at ESOC on 25 January 2017 at 08:51 CET. Credit: ESA

Commands on board

Update 10:30CET 25.01 Today’s debris avoidance manoeuvre is set! To recap: yesterday, it became clear to the Swarm mission team at ESA that an avoidance manoeuvre will most likely be necessary today to boost Swarm-B out of...

Main Control Room at ESA's European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany. Credit: ESA/P. Shlyaev

Planned debris manoeuvre looks good

The Space Debris Office at ESOC have updated their conjunction alert based on the on-going manoeuvre planning. The news is positive! If the manoeuvre is conducted, the object is now forecast to pass in front of Swarm-B...

Swarm satellite in space Credit: ESA

Taking action at ESOC

If you read our earlier post, you’ll know that today there’s some interesting action going on at ESA’s ESOC operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany, where teams are reacting to a forecast conjunction between a piece of space...

The three identical satellites were launched together on one rocket in 2013. Two satellites orbit almost side-by-side at the same altitude – initially at about 460 km, descending to around 300 km over the lifetime of the mission. The third satellite is in a higher orbit, at 530 km, and at a slightly different inclination. Credit: ESA–P. Carril, 2013

ESA teams respond to debris risk

A close approach for Swarm-B with a piece of ca. 15-cm debris is forecast for 25 January at 23:10:55 UTC. We're doing something about it.

Sentinel-1A solar array before & after Credit: ESA

Sleuthing a space collision

Since launch in 2014, Europe’s Sentinel-1A spacecraft has performed flawlessly, delivering a wealth of advanced radar imagery for Europe’s Copernicus programme. Later joined in orbit by sister satellite Sentinel-1B, the tandem mission recently delivered images of the...

Main Control Room at ESA's European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany. Credit: ESA/P. Shlyaev

Update on Progress M-27M / 59P

Progress M-27M / 51 reentry risk: In six decades of space flight, no person has ever been hit by any piece of reentering satellite or debris.

Sixth European Conference on Space Debris

ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, 22-25 April 2013 The European Space Agency will host the 6th European Conference on Space Debris at ESA's Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, from 22 to 25 April, 2013. European Conferences on Space Debris are the largest dedicated gatherings on the subject. During the four days, in two parallel sessions, the Sixth European Conference on Space Debris will provide a forum for presenting and discussing latest results, and for defining future directions of research on all aspects of space debris , including measurement techniques, environment modeling theories, risk analysis techniques, protection designs, mitigation & remediation concepts, and policy & legal issues. Special sessions will be devoted to...