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A Low Cost Active Debris Removal Demonstration Mission

Objective

A huge amount of debris has progressively been generated since the beginning of the space era. Most of the objects launched into space are still orbiting the Earth and today these object and their by-products represent a threat both in space and on Earth. In Space, debris lead to collisions and therefore to damages to operational satellites. For both issues, a credible solution has emerged over the recent years: actively removing heavy debris objects by capturing them and then either disposing them by destructive re-entry in Earth atmosphere or disposing them in graveyard orbits. The REMOVEDEBRIS project aims to demonstrate key technologies for ADR in these three main domains by performing in-orbit demonstrations representative of an ADR mission. The specific key technologies that will be demonstrated as part of this project are: (i) Capture technologies such as nets and harpoons (ii) De-orbiting technologies such as electric propulsion and drag augmentation (iii) Proximity Rendezvous operations technologies based on vision-based navigation. The technology demonstrations will be carried in orbit using a micro satellite test-bed, a world’s first. The micro satellite will carry the ADR payloads together with 2 deployable nanosatellites (CubeSats). Through a series of operations, the nanonsatellites will be ejected, re-captured, inspected and de-orbited, thereby demonstrating the ADR key technologies.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
Address
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 662 767,20
Administrative Contact
Maria Sega-Buhalis (Mrs)

Participants (9)

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 2 364 525,80
Address
Stephenson Road 20
GU2 7YE Guildford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Atkinson (Mr)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 750 000
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandra Parsiegla (Ms)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 380 472
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
Emilie Demange (Ms)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 314 625
Address
Gunnels Wood Road
SG1 2AS Stevenage
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Doug Gumm (Mr)
ISIS - INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS IN SPACE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 116 700
Address
Motorenweg 23
2623 CR Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeroen Rotteveel (Mr)
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 269 960
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexandre Pollini
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 37 317
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Paul Guillois (Mr)
STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 38 500
Address
Victoria Street Administration B Building
7600 Stellenbosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cornelia Malherbe (Ms)
ARIANEGROUP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 65 000
Address
51-61 Route De Verneuil
78130 Les Mureaux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jocelyn Briec (Mrs)