Earth Imaging Journal: Remote Sensing, Satellite Images, Satellite Imagery
Breaking News
6 Teams Chosen to Compete for $35K in First-Ever FirePoint C3 Challenge
WICHITA, Kan. - The FirePoint Innovations Center at Wichita State...
MGISS Launches Integrated Web App for AR Visualisations of Buried Assets
MGISS, a UK geospatial specialist, has released a new...
CustomWeather Celebrates 20 Years of Weather Excellence and Innovation
MILL VALLEY, Calif.- CustomWeather reflects upon its numerous accomplishments...
Axon Launches First Connected App for Law Enforcement that Livestreams Drone Video Directly into Axon Evidence
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Axon (Nasdaq: AAXN), the global leader in...
Microdesk Recognized as Panzura Partner of the Year
NASHUA, N.H.- Global BIM consulting firm Microdesk, a leading provider...

CleanSpace One closes in on a discarded cubesat satellite in an EPFL illustration.

A 10-million-franc ($11 million) satellite called CleanSpace One is being built by the Swiss Space Center at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) said its launch would come within three to five years. Its first tasks are to grab two Swiss satellites launched in 2009 and 2010.

"It has become essential to be aware of the existence of this debris and the risks that are run by its proliferation," said Claude Nicollier, an astronaut and EPFL professor.

Building the satellite means developing new technology to address three big problems, scientists say. The first hurdle has to do with trajectory: The satellite has to be able to adjust its path to match that of its target. EPFL said its labs are looking into a new ultra-compact motor that can do this.

Next, the satellite has to be grab hold of and stabilize the debris at high speeds. Scientists are studying how plants and animals grip things as a model for what would be used.

And, finally, CleanSpace One has to be able to take the debris, or unwanted satellites, back into Earth’s atmosphere, where they will burn on re-entry.

Swiss Space Center’s director, Volker Gass, said it hopes to someday "offer and sell a whole family of ready-made systems, designed as sustainably as possible, that are able to de-orbit several different kinds of satellites."

Source: Daily Mail

Comments are closed.