The European Space Agency is joining forces with orbital debris removal company Astroscale to dilute the giant cloud. space debris orbiting the earthThe effort paves the way for telecom company OneWeb to continue building its telecom network.
The European Space Agency announced today’s press release Astroscale, a company focused on space debris removal, has partnered with space communications company OneWeb in an ESA partnership project to develop a spacecraft that can track satellites in low-Earth orbit. €14.8 million ($15.8 million) Investment from the Agency.of ELSA-M The spacecraft developed by Astroscale is capable of removing multiple decommissioned satellites in a single mission and is scheduled to launch in late 2024.that joint sunrise program with ESA.
“With thousands of satellites already in orbit, and thousands more launched each year, we have new technology to address the problem of space debris and remove defunct spacecraft and other types of space junk. Finding a way to reduce the cost of debris, harming satellite operators and ensuring space is safe and sustainable,” said the UK Science Minister. said George Freeman of ESA in a press release.
OneWeb has 428 of the 650 communications satellites orbiting 1,200 kilometers (745.6 miles) above the Earth, and by removing obsolete satellites, Maintain low earth orbit as a constellation, and a shared resource for other space agencies and companies.removal of space junk It also reduces the risk of future collisions and helps prevent network outages. ESA and OneWeb have previously collaborated on space communications as part of the Sunrise Program, and OneWeb has previouslybeam hopping satellite” It can respond to changes in communication traffic.
Space is full of debris — NASA says it’s over 27,000 pieces The satellites that provide us with music, weather forecasts and interconnections are threatened by all the junk in Earth’s orbit. Maintain a healthy cleanup effort for dead humans as the space economy grows.Spaceships built are essential, and Astroscale is helping lead that effort.