The Clean Space industrial days aim at providing an insight to the technological advancement achieved to date in the fields of Space Debris Mitigation (SDM) and Active Debris Removal (ADR). ESA is globally leading the pursuit for ADR through its e.deorbit mission. The objective is to catch a large spacecraft in Low Earth Orbit and to bring it back to Earth in a controlled manner, in order to reduce the risk of growth of space debris. Through this mission, European industry is developing cutting edge technologies for monitoring, rendezvous, capture and deorbiting of space systems. cleansat project started in 2014 and aims to develop technologies to comply with space debris regulations and avoid the generation of new debris from future missions.
Through cleansat, for the first time, Clean Space is coordinating technological developments with the three European Large Space Integrators (LSI) and suppliers in an optimised development approach. This project focuses on technologies for mitigating the creation of debris such as design for demise, design for removal, passivation and de-orbiting systems are under development. By bringing together a variety of stakeholders including the public sector, industry and new potential participants, the Clean Space Industrial Days will be a unique opportunity for a broad discussion on the goals and strategies for e.deorbit and cleansat and will be key to determine the next steps. This will be achieved through workshops and presentations from both industry and ESA on the state-of-the-art of the current activities. Furthermore the event will provide an opportunity to participate in ESA’s proactive search for solutions and remediate space debris.