ESA reveals ClearSpace-1, the first mission to pluck trash from space

10 Décembre, 2019, 16:40 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Space Debris

ESA has always been a proponent of active space debris removal, marking it as a strategic goal in its programme.

The European Space Agency (ESA) worries about this space junk and is planning a joint mission with a commercial consortium to clear space debris from numerous space missions.

"The space debris issue is more pressing than ever before", Luc Piguet, founder and CEO of ClearSpace, the Swiss junk-removal startup partnering with ESA on the mission, said in the statement.

Why is this mission so important?

Imagine how unsafe sailing the high seas would be if all the ships ever lost in history were still drifting on top of the water. "That is the current situation in orbit, and it can not be allowed to continue", he added, stating that ESA will support these "essential new commercial services in the future".

Clearly, our orbit needs a clean up process set in place.

The mission, codenamed ClearSpace-1, is slated to launch in 2025 to seize and remove a 100kg Vespa load adapter an Arianespace Vega left in orbit after mounting ESA's Proba-V remote-sensing satellite. "Today we have almost 2,000 live satellites in space and more than 3,000 failed ones", says ClearSpace CEO Luc Piguet. The spacecraft has another goal - to establish a "new market for in-orbit servicing, as well as debris removal", the statement says, following the general trend of opening up spaceflight to the private sector.

Andreescu named Canada's athlete of year after breakout season
Open, becoming the first Canadian to ever win a Grand Slam singles title. "Wow, I'm so thankful for this award". Bianca Andreescu , the 19-year-old who captured the country's attention with wins at the Rogers Cup and U.S.

Away CEO Korey resigns after abusive practice allegations
Korey reportedly demanded workers work nearly constantly and pressured them against taking time off. Korey, one of the company's co-founders, will continue on as executive chairman of the company.

Manchester City join Chelsea in the race for Nathan Ake
According to a report by Daily Mail , Chelsea are set to break the bank to sign key Manchester United target, Jadon Sancho. Frank Lampard has warned Chelsea must not be reactionary in next month's transfer market.

Moreover, if these 3,000 and more disused satellites stay in Space the likelihood of them colliding is high. "We need to develop technologies to avoid creating new debris and removing the debris already up there". ClearSpace-1 will use a "Pac-Man system" to retrieve this spent rocket part, said Muriel Richard-Noca, the project manager for the mission, in a recent video explainer.

The ClearSpace-1 debris capture technique is shown in the animation below.

Vespa weighs approximately 100 kg (220 lbs), about the weight and size of a small satellite.

The "chaser" ClearSpace space probe will be launched into the target orbit where it will track down Vespa, grab it using a quartet of robotic arms and drag it out of orbit, with Vespa and the chaser both burning up in the atmosphere on the way down to Earth.

After that capture, Vespa and the robotic garbage collector will make a controlled yet fiery descent into Earth's atmosphere.

Space debris is a growing threat to humanity's space activities, and is caused by various items in space such as non-functioning satellites, remnants of collisions in space, discarded items from spaceflights such as rocket stages, missions like India's ASAT, which tested an anti-satellite weapon by blasting it into pieces, and even flecks of paint from other missions.

Conseillé:



Populaire

Uk news:Red noses appear on Banksy's Birmingham homeless reindeer mural
The mural depicts two reindeer about to fly away, pulling with them a man on a bench instead of Santa's sleigh. We weren't positive what it was at first or who did it however we had a good suggestion'.

Top Arsenal manager target likely to quit his current job soon
They also reportedly made an approach Mauricio Pochettino, but the former Tottenham boss does not look to be in the running.

Jews slam Trump for 'anti-Semitic' comments Saturday
Trump", Trump told the cheering group in his half-hour speech before its meeting at the Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood. On the other hand, the worldwide community has widely condemned Trump for moving the U.S.

NBA NBA officially denies Rockets' protest
Crew chief James Capers said after the game that, "in fact it did clear the net and should have been a successful field goal". The league's statement also clarified that head coach Mike D'Antoni was incorrectly denied the right to challenge the play.

China's CPI up 4.5%, PPI down 1.4% in November
Government advisers said China should lower its growth target to around 6% in 2020 as the trade dispute remains unresolved. But even if a deal is struck, economic growth is expected to continue slowing in the current and coming quarters.

Golden Globes' biggest face-offs: Beyonce vs. Taylor Swift, The Irishman stars
Instead, it was Netflix that dominated with 17 nominations in the television categories, while HBO picked up 15, The Wrap reports .

Tullow Production Falls, CEO Resigns
Tullow suspended its dividend with the aim of generating more cash to support future investment plans and current explorations. Paul McDade was appointed CEO of Tullow in 2017, while Angus McCoss has been on the company's board since 2006.

Élection de la plus jeune Première ministre de l'histoire du pays — Finlande
Après des déclarations embrouillées du gouvernement, le parti du Centre a retiré sa confiance au premier ministre. Et même de la planète, juste devant son homologue ukrainien, Oleksiï Gontcharouk, d'un an son ainé.

Putin Meets With Ukraine's Zelensky for the First Time
The meeting was a study in contrasts, with Zelensky arriving in a low-key Renault and Putin in an armored black limousine. The U.S.is an important military backer for Ukraine , which is hugely out-gunned by Russian Federation .

Newcastle target full St James' Park with ticket offer
I'm protecting myself through the week's training, with the manager helping with the days and what I do and what I don't do". "But I think he's proving everyone wrong".