ESA’s Clean Space initiative is studying an active debris removal mission called e.Deorbit, which will target an ESA-owned derelict satellite in low orbit, capture it, then safely burn it up in a controlled atmospheric reentry. e.Deorbit will be the world’s first active debris removal mission, and will provide an opportunity for European industries to showcase their technological capabilities to a global audience.
ESA’s active debris removal mission: e.Deorbit (with annotations)
Dealing with space debris
ESA reentry expertise
Space debris – a journey to Earth
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