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Small debris removal by laser illumination and complementary technologie

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.
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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)

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DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 648 459

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 162 950

UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 87 615

UNIVERSITE LYON 1 CLAUDE BERNARD

France

EU Contribution

€ 99 792

INSTYTUT NISKICH TEMPERATUR I BADAN STRUKTURALNYCH IM. WLODZIMIERZA TRZEBIATOWSKIEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 102 025

UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 104 400

ASTRI POLSKA SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 84 974

UNIVERSITE DE LIMOGES

France

EU Contribution

€ 140 625

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 263044

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2011

  • End date

    31 May 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 882 883,80

  • EU contribution

    € 1 976 440

Coordinated by:

COMPAGNIE INDUSTRIELLE DES LASERS CILAS SA

France

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