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Small debris removal by laser illumination and complementary technologie

Objective

This proposal aims to answer the FP7 Security research call SPA-2010-2.3.02 and the need to protect space assets from orbit collision. The number of debris in Low Earth Orbit is exponentially increasing with, in the short term, potential inter debris collisions. For medium size debris (between 1 cm and several dozens of cm) no effective and affordable protecting solution is available. This project also intends to protect the environment from chain reaction of debris production.
Overall CLEANSPACE objective is to define a global architecture (including surveillance, identification and tracking) for an innovative ground-based laser solution which can remove hazardous medium debris around selected space assets. This approach is divided into three steps:
 To propose an efficient and affordable global system architecture by taking up survey, tracking, identification and debris treatment by laser system fully in complement with Space Situational Awareness (SSA) ESA programme,
 To tackle safety regulation aspects, political implications and future collaborations,
 To develop affordable technological bricks and to establish roadmap for the development and the future implantation of a fully functional laser protection system.
The study approach is built to be fully complementary to SSA programme.
This study is fully part of FP7, SPACE Theme because it will allow Europe to be a key actor for laser debris removal system able to discuss the subject with the USA and Russia and able to guide future ESA work and regulations.
The main driver of the project will be to reduce the cost of such a system focusing on the Laser technology brick which is the key to propose an affordable system. Scalable laser architecture, ceramic laser active material, laser coherent coupling, alternative narrowband pump sources and laser matter interaction will be the technology fingers of the CLEAN-SPACE innovations.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2010-1
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Coordinator

COMPAGNIE INDUSTRIELLE DES LASERS CILAS SA
Address
Avenue Buffon Zi La Source 8
45100 Orleans
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 545 600
Administrative Contact
Hervé Soubrane (Mr.)

Participants (8)

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 648 459
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bernd Oberacker (Mr.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 162 950
Address
31 Rue Des Cosmonautes Zi Du Palays
31402 Toulouse Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bruno Esmiller (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI
Spain
EU contribution
€ 87 615
Address
Carrer De Escorxador
43003 Tarragona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francisco M. Diaz Gonzalez (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE LYON 1 CLAUDE BERNARD
France
EU contribution
€ 99 792
Address
Boulevard Du 11 Novembre 1918 Num43
69622 Villeurbanne Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Javier Olaiz (Dr.)
INSTYTUT NISKICH TEMPERATUR I BADAN STRUKTURALNYCH IM. WLODZIMIERZA TRZEBIATOWSKIEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 102 025
Address
Ul Okolna 2
50422 Wroclaw
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Wieslaw Strek (Prof.)
UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 104 400
Address
Ul. Henryka Wieniawskiego 1
61712 Poznan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Edwin Wnuk (Prof.)
ASTRI POLSKA SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 84 974
Address
Ulica Bartycka 18A
00716 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Agata Jozwicka (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE LIMOGES
France
EU contribution
€ 140 625
Address
François Mitterrand 33
87032 Limoges
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michel Paret (Mr.)