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ESA TO INVESTIGATE LINKS BETWEEN DEBRIS REMOVAL AND SATELLITE SERVICING

ESA TO INVESTIGATE LINKS BETWEEN DEBRIS REMOVAL AND SATELLITE SERVICING The European Space Agency is no longer proceeding full speed ahead with its campaign to send a 1,600-kilogram satellite into low Earth orbit to grab its defunct Earth observing Envisat and bring it back into the atmosphere around 2023. Instead, the agency has revised its e.Deorbit program plan to study the synergies between the mission and satellite servicing vehicles. “What we are implementing at the moment is a study to find out whether we should modify the mission design to make the vehicle more flexible and able to perform a variety of servicing missions including removing objects from orbit,” said Luisa Innocenti, head of EASA’s Clean Space Office.   More



(Source: SpaceNews - Mar 22)

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