Earth’s first space debris removal mission
ESA has signed an €86 million contract with an industrial team led by Swiss start-up ClearSpace SA to purchase a unique service: the first-ever removal of an item of space debris from orbit.
As a result, in 2025, ClearSpace will launch the first active debris removal mission, ClearSpace-1, which will rendezvous, capture and take down for reentry the upper part of a Vespa (Vega Secondary Payload Adapter) used with Europe’s Vega launcher. This object was left in an approximately 801 km by 664 km-altitude gradual disposal orbit, complying with space debris mitigation regulations, following the second flight of Vega back in 2013.
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Looks amazing!! Could we see this process used on a wider scale?
Space is so magical. I cant get enough. I have videos in a playlist on repeat. Even watch it sometimes and listen to music I like imagine me travel the space fast feel driving the racing car with rokk music deltaparole tool foofighters nirvana and other.
What really worries me is the cost, as long as the cleaning vehicle burn into atmosphere together with the trash……how much can be the cost reduced to be pheaseble and sustainable. Nobody question the fact that low earth orbit is full of debris from discarded space hardware…..
"I'm taking me with you!"
Still don’t understand why they don’t salvage boosters, satellites,etc for materials for stations habits etc.
I hope the launch with VEGA will be fine because the last two didn't go well…
It's a difficult moment for us italians…
This also makes Europe the first to be capable of taking down hostile satellites without creating a big mess. Good to know we have options!
That is AMAZING ESA! ❤️🙏