ESA plans to test a space-debris clearing satellite.

ESA plans to test a space-debris clearing satellite.

Space junk is becoming a real problem. It’s a serious issue. There’s a common misconception that things in space are just kindof floating out there, moving slowly—and given videos of

Want to snag a satellite? Try a net – European Space Agency

ESA’s e.Deorbit mission in 2021 will test the feasibility of removing a large item of debris – either a large derelict satellite or rocket upper stage – to help control the debris levels in busy orbits.

Meet the Space Custodians: Debris Cleanup Plans Emerge

Watch video · A chaser satellite will release the experimental pieces of space junk, one of which will be captured by a 16.5-foot (5 meters) net tethered to the chaser. The harpoon system will be tested on a

A space for debris | The Clean Space blog – ESA Blog Navigator

Several topics dealt with Clean Space activities – CleanSat and e.Deorbit – but the single most important fact about the 7th European Conference on Space Debris was the fantastic platform it offered for discussion with global experts on the debris problem.

Clearing up Space Junk – Digit Geek

The ESA has plans to demonstrate such a mission with a satellite called e.Deorbit, which is scheduled for a 2023 launch. The “space tug” has technologies that are similar to an autonomous car, as it will be difficult to manually control the satellite, when it manoeuvres to …

ESA opens the RENEGaDE activity for Space Servicing

The Active Debris Removal (ADR) mission consists of a satellite (chaser) that is launched by a small or medium launcher, performs a rendezvous with the ESA-owned debris (target), captures via robotic means and removes the target from the LEO protected zone.

Cleaning space / Space Debris / Operations / Our

Apr 23, 2013 · Scientists estimate the level of space debris orbiting Earth to be around 29 000 objects larger than 10 cm, 670 000 pieces larger than 1 cm and more than 170 million above 1 mm – and any one of these could seriously damage a spacecraft.

How can humans clean up our space junk? – The Verge

Dec 30, 2016 · In 2009 a Russian military communications satellite and an Iridium collided and scattered debris, threatening some Chinese satellites; two years later the …

Clearing out space junk, one step at a time –

An experimental satellite from Airbus’ SSTL subsidiary will test methods of removing orbital debris. Since the start of the space age, mankind has left its mark on the orbital pathways overhead…and not always for the better. Today, some 7,000 tonnes of artificial debris – a mass equivalent to the Eiffel Tower – orbit the planet.

Space fishing: ESA floats plan to net space junk – New Atlas

The e.DeOrbit satellite would weigh about 1,600 kg (3,500 lb) and fly into orbit atop one of ESA’s Vega rockets, but there’s still a lot of very basic design to be sorted out.

ESA to capture large derelict satellite | Human World

The European Space Agency is moving forward with plans to capture and remove a large piece of space debris, in a mission called e.Deorbit, by 2023. The video above describes e.Deorbit, a European