A Mission to make space sustainable

In the last ten years, the number of satellites launched per year increased ten-fold to more than 600 satellites per year. Simultaneously, space debris’ rapid growth presents an ever-intensifying threat to the future of Space activity and security.

More than 23’000 human-made objects are tracked in Space today.

Space technology and applications hold immense benefits for humanity. Satellites are foundational to the way humanity connects and communicates. Billions of people rely and depend on space infrastructures every day.

Removing human-made space debris has become necessary and is our responsibility to ensure that tomorrow’s generations can continue benefiting from space infrastructures and exploration. Operating Space environment neutral is no more an option.

In 2019, the European Space Agency (ESA) called for experts to submit a solution for removing debris from Space for the first time. ClearSpace was selected, out of a panel of more than 12 candidates, to conduct the first space mission to remove an item from orbit. The mission aims to clean up Space actively while also demonstrating the technologies needed for future commercial debris removal. ClearSpace-1  will launch in 2025.

So far, abandoned and damaged satellites in orbit have been manually captured and repaired through astronaut-led missions using the International Space Station, ISS shuttle.

ClearSpace is building the technology to make these missions more accessible. The capture operations of relatively heavy objects moving in microgravity at 28’000Km/h will have to occur without friction as the slightest contact significantly modifies the object’s trajectory.

We are building new ways to operate in Space. On-Orbit Services (OOS) are becoming a reality, turning new technologies and capabilities into a market opportunity founded on the principles of sustainability. This mission’s long-term impact will be to ensure access to space technology and applications for future generations by reducing space debris density in orbit.

ClearSpace-1 is supported by: