Swiss start-up ClearSpace SA signed an agreement with European Space Agency for the first removal of space debris from Low Earth orbit in the world.
Private - Public Partnership
In November 26, the European Space Agency (ESA) and ClearSpace signed a 86 millions of euros contract, for the removal of space debris from low earth orbit.
The mission has been approved and financed during the ministerial conference ESA Space 19+ , which took place by the end of November 2019 in Seville, Spain.
The ESA buys the initial trade mission bringing its expertise in the project Adrios (Active Debris Removal / In-Orbit Servicing) of its programme of space security based in the centre of the operations of the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) of de Darmstadt, in Germany.
ClearSpace will finance the remaining costs of the mission through private investors.
The industrial team directed by ClearSpace includes more than twenty businesses coming from eight European countries such as : Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, Poland, United Kingdom, Portugal, Romania.
Launching in 2025
ClearSpace1 mission will take place in 2025.
The mission will have to add a charging adapter on an orbit of 660 x 800 km for double Vespa launch providing from the European launcher Vega. Moreover this one was used in May 2013 during the flight VV02 to place in sun-synchronous orbit the Earth European observation satellite Proba- V.
Vespa has a small satellite size and is 112 kg.
ClearSpace-1 will target the conical upper part of the payload adapter, to capture him