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Feasibility study of Active Debris Mitigation for Mega Constellations

Thu, 12/09/2021 - 09:43
Start Date: 
2017
Programme: 
Discovery
End Date: 
2018
Programme Reference: 
15/099
Country: 
France
Contractor: 
Thales Alenia Space
Description: 

The Thales Alenia Space study team have completed a 13 month contract to study the feasibility of Active Debris Removal within Mega-Constellations. Within the Clean Space initiative, ESA searches for pro-active answers to the environmental challenges which are faced both on Earth and in Space. IADC has already highlighted the important topic of mega constellations, which represent a step change in the future space environment due to the proliferation of small satellites. The study addresses the EOL disposal techniques considered for mega-constellations and the potential of Active Debris Removal solutions.

Application Domain: 
Generic Technologies
Keywords: 
ADR
Space debris
Megaconstellations
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