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Astroscale Takes Next Step Toward Launch of World’s First Commercial Active Debris Removal Mission

14 Oct 2019, 10:24 UTC
Astroscale Takes Next Step Toward Launch of World’s First Commercial Active Debris Removal Mission
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End-of-Life Service by Astroscale demonstrator (ELSA-d) satellite. (Credit: Astroscale UK Ltd)

TOKYO (Astroscale PR) – Astroscale Holdings Inc. (“Astroscale”), the market-leader in developing a service to remove space debris and secure long-term orbital sustainability, today announced it has entered the assembly, integration and test (AIT) phase of its End-of-Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration (ELSA-d) mission, following completion of rigorous design reviews and subsystem testing.

“We are excited to be taking this next step in building our groundbreaking mission,” said Seita Iizuka, Project Manager. “ELSA-d is an incredibly complex satellite as we will be demonstrating rendezvous and proximity operations technologies that have never before been tested in space. This is not only a step toward orbital sustainability but is also an exciting challenge for our team of talented engineers.”

ELSA-d, the world’s first commercial orbital debris removal mission to operate in low Earth orbit (LEO), consists of two spacecraft, a Servicer (~180kg) and a Client (~20kg), and will demonstrate dynamically complex capture activities necessary to remove defunct objects from orbit. During the mission the Servicer will repeatedly release and capture the Client using a magnet in a series of demonstrations which will prove the technology necessary for debris removal, including search, identification, ...

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