ESA and ClearSpace SA sign contract for world's first debris removal mission
by Staff Writers
Paris (ESA) Nov 27, 2020
ESA is signing an 86 million euro contract with an industrial team led by the Swiss start-up ClearSpace SA to purchase a unique service: the first removal of an item of space debris from orbit. As a result, in 2025, ClearSpace SA will launch the first active debris removal mission, ClearSpace-1, which will rendezvous, capture and bring down for reentry a Vespa payload adapter. Journalists are invited to follow an online round table for media on Tuesday, 1 December, at 13:30 CET [12:30 GMT/UTC, 7:30 am US EST]. Mission experts will give an overview of the project status, explain the ambitious mission design and detail the next steps leading to launch.
A New Way to Do Business for ESA
Following a competitive process, an industrial team led by ClearSpace SA - a spin-off company of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) - was invited to submit the final proposal. With this contract signature, a critical milestone for establishing a new commercial sector in space will be achieved.
Purchasing the mission in an end-to-end service contract, rather than developing an ESA-defined spacecraft for in-house operation, represents a new way for ESA to do business. ESA is purchasing the initial mission and contributing key expertise, as part of the Active Debris Removal/ In-Orbit Servicing project (ADRIOS) within ESA's Space Safety Programme. ClearSpace SA will raise the remainder of the mission cost through commercial investors.
Vespa Target Is Close in Size to a Small Satellite
In almost 60 years of space activities, more than 5,550 launches have resulted in some 42,000 tracked objects in orbit, of which about 23,000 remain in space and are regularly tracked. With today's annual launch rates averaging nearly 100, and with break-ups continuing to occur at average historical rates of four to five per year, the number of debris objects in space will steadily increase.
ClearSpace-1 will demonstrate the technical ability and commercial capacity to significantly enhance the long-term sustainability of spaceflight. The mission is supported within ESA's Space Safety Programme based at the agency's ESOC operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
Involvement of European Industry in ClearSpace-1
Astroscale announces March 2021 Launch Date for Debris Removal Demonstration
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 19, 2020
Astroscale Holdings Inc. ("Astroscale"), the market-leader in securing long-term orbital sustainability, has announced that its End-of-Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration (ELSA-d) mission will launch on a Soyuz rocket operated by GK Launch Services from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in March 2021. "We now have the launch in our sights," says Seita Iizuka, ELSA-d Project Manager. "Publicly announcing this significant milestone is possible thanks to years of teamwork. The ELSA-d program dem ... read more
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