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RemoveDEBRIS space junk net capture success!

 

19 Sep 2018

RemoveDEBRIS began its experimental phase of its mission on 16 September with the deployment of the net to capture a deployed target cubesat.   

The net was developed and supplied by a team of engineers at Airbus in Bremen, Germany. 

The RemoveDEBRIS satellite platform was designed and manufactured by SSTL and houses two target cubesats and four debris removal technologies - a net, a harpoon, vision based navigation using cameras and LiDaR, and a de-orbit dragsail.  The spacecraft is operated in orbit by SSTL's engineers from our Spacecraft Operations Centre here in Guildford.

RemoveDEBRIS is a low cost mission funded jointly by the European Commission and 10 partners including Airbus, Surrey Space Centre, Ariane Group, SSTL, ISIS, CSEM, Inria and Stellenbosch University.