“It is humbling to think that space was a pure environment untouched by humans until we came and polluted it with old satellites. There are now 29 000 objects larger than 10 cm orbiting our planet, some as large as 10 metres. These objects are a hazard to spacecraft operators as they could damage and destroy operational satellites if undetected.” With these words, in an open letter published on his blog, French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet addresses the threat represented by space debris, asking for immediate action: “Similar to climate change, we must act now and cannot wait until it is too late.”
At Clean Space we are on the same page, and we know, in fact, that the most effective way to stabilise the debris population in key orbits is to remove large items of debris from space.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: blogs.esa.int
e.Deorbit clamping the target
The project with companies such as Airbus, OHB, Thales and QinetiQ to develop the technologies needed to approach and remove a big piece of space debris.