ClearSpace wins contract for space debris collecting spacecraft: ESA

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The European Space Agency has commissioned the world's first mission to capture a piece of space debris from Earth's orbit in 2025.

The ESA says that the Swiss startup ClearSpace was awarded with the contract for ClearSpace-1, a spacecraft that will sport four robotic arms for grabbing debris.

According to the ESA, ClearSpace-1 will recover the VESPA, a secondary payload adapter that has been left adrift since it helped deliver the Proba-V satellite to space in 2013.

The VESPA is close in size to a small satellite, and its simple shape and sturdy construction makes the adaptor a prime candidate for the experiment.

ClearSpace-1 will be launched into a 500-kilometer orbit to undergo testing before it moves up to VESPA's higher orbit, which sits at an altitude of 660 by 800 kilometers.

Once in position, ClearSpace-1 will utilize its quartet of arms to catch Vespa under the ESA's supervision.

After ClearSpace-1 captures the target, it will return to the Earth's atmosphere and burn up with the VESPA.

The ESA says it will refine the chaser's capabilities with the goal of launching follow up missions in the future, including capturing multiple objects.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. ClearSpace 1 is built by Swiss-based ClearSpace and features four robotic arms
2. The 2025 mission will target VESPA, a payload adaptor from the Proba-V launch
3. ClearSpace will utilize its arms to capture VESPA
4. The chaser spacecraft and captured debris will return to Earth and burn up

VOICEOVER (in English):
"The European Space Agency has commissioned the world's first mission to capture a piece of space debris from Earth's orbit in 2025."

"The ESA says that the Swiss startup ClearSpace was awarded with the contract for ClearSpace-1, a spacecraft that will sport four robotic arms for grabbing debris."

"According to the ESA, ClearSpace-1 will recover the VESPA, a secondary payload adapter that has been left adrift since it helped deliver the Proba-V satellite to space in 2013."

"The VESPA is close in size to a small satellite, and its simple shape and sturdy construction makes the adaptor a prime candidate for the experiment."

"ClearSpace-1 will be launched into a 500-kilometer orbit to undergo testing before it moves up to VESPA's higher orbit, which sits at an altitude of 660 by 800 kilometers."

"Once in position, ClearSpace-1 will utilize its quartet of arms to catch Vespa under the ESA's supervision."

"After ClearSpace-1 captures the target, it will return to the Earth's atmosphere and burn up with the VESPA."

"The ESA says it will refine the chaser's capabilities with the goal of launching follow up missions in the future, including capturing multiple objects."

SOURCES: European Space Agency, ClearSpace One
http://www.esa.int/Safety_Security/Clean_Space/ESA_commissions_world_s_first_space_debris_removal
https://clearspace.today/