Skip to main content

Technology for Self Removal of Spacecraft

Objective

Orbital space is getting increasingly crowded and a few collision events could jeopardize activities in important orbits and
cause significant damage to the infrastructure in space. As a preventive measure to be included in future S/C, TeSeR
proposes a universal post mission disposal module to be carried into orbit by any S/C to ensure its proper disposal after
ending its service lifetime, be it planned or unscheduled due to S/C failure. This module shall be independent of the S/C.
Principal aims of TeSeR are to
1. develop a removal module beginning with the exploration of concepts, going for a functional design with the aim to
manufacture and test an on-ground prototype module which demonstrates the main functions
2. perform a thorough qualitative and quantitative mission analysis of existing removal concepts
3. develop a ground breaking new semi-controlled removal concept based on a passive removal concept which ensures the
deorbit of a large S/C (>1 t) into the Pacific Ocean without a propulsion system but with an accuracy of a fraction of one orbit
4. advance and manufacture removal subsystems prototypes, for controlled, semi-controlled and uncontrolled disposal,
based on already existing technology with the focus on scalability and standardized implementation to the removal module via a common interface
5. analyse the feasibility and potential advantages of multi-purpose concepts of the module and its removal subsystems (e.g.
shielding by deployable structures)
6. perform a market study and define a business case for TeSeR
7. use TeSeR as leverage to propose changes in legal aspects and advanced state of the art licensing standard for
spacecraft including the improvement of international debris mitigation guidelines and standards

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

H2020-PROTEC-2015
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 856 413,75

Participants (10)

Weber-Steinhaus & Smith
Germany
EU contribution
€ 21 750
Address
Wachtstrasse 17-24 Baumwollborse 223
28195 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BEAZLEY FURLONGE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 55 000
Address
Plantation Place South, 60 Great Tower Street
EC3R 5AD London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 116 703,25
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET DER BUNDESWEHR MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 245 681,25
Address
Werner Heisenberg Weg 39
85579 Neubiberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
D-ORBIT SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 417 400
Address
Viale Risorgimento 57
22037 Fino Mornasco Co
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 349 412,50
Address
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GOMSPACE AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 293 200
Address
Langagervej 6
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PHS SPACE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 150 341,25
Address
Harvest House 2 Cranborne Road Industrial Estate
EN6 3JF Potters Bar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HTG - Hyperschall Techologie Göttigen GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 34 588,75
Address
Max-planck-str. 19
37191 Katlenburg-lindau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)