ESA Develops Zero-Debris Satellite

The European Space Agency (ESA) has partnered with Airbus Defence and Space, OHB, and Thales Alenia Space to develop zero-debris satellite platforms for Low Earth Orbit (LEO). This initiative, part of the Zero Debris method, aims to eliminate space junk by 2030. The Space Debris Mitigation Standard, implemented in 2023, supports this goal. The collaboration involves designing large LEO satellites that comply with zero-debris guidelines, with initial designs expected within 18 months. ESA’s efforts also extend to smaller satellites like CubeSats, promoting a sustainable space environment. This initiative aligns with broader environmental goals, including the Paris Agreement.

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