A European project to eliminate space debris
The proliferation of space debris represents a time-bomb, as we are seeing with the return to Earth of the remains of the Tiangong-1 “Celestial Palace” spacecraft. The European project RemoveDEBRIS is designed to test – in real situations – techniques for eliminating this debris. The “hunter” satellite developed for this purpose was successfully launched on April 2 from the base at Cape Canaveral (USA).
RemoveDebris is a low-cost mission funded jointly by the European Commission (EU) and 10 partners. Surrey Space Centre (University of Surrey) leads the consortium. The consortium consists of: Airbus, the world’s second largest space company; Ariane Group (France); Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, a world leader in small satellites (UK); Innovative Solutions In Space
(Netherlands); CSEM (Switzerland); Inria (France); Stellenbosch University (South Africa).
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme.