Credit: Astroscale

 

Core technologies for a space debris removal scenario are to be showcased by the End-of-Life Services by Astroscale (ELSA) program.

The ELSA-d mission, licensed by the UK Space Agency, is ready for liftoff from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday, March 20, at 6:07 am (UTC). It will launch on a Soyuz rocket operated by GK Launch Services.

 

Servicer and Client

ELSA-d is comprised of two satellites: the “Servicer” and the “Client.”

Credit: Astroscale

The ‘Servicer’ is equipped with optical sensing instruments and a capture mechanism which will attach to a docking plate on the ‘Client’ satellite. The Servicer and Client will then de-orbit together, burning up as they re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere.

Credit: Astroscale

“This is an incredible moment, not only for our team, but for the entire satellite servicing industry, as we work towards maturing the debris removal market and ensuring the responsible use of our orbits,” said Nobu Okada, Astroscale Founder and CEO in a press statement.

 

Resources

Go to this informative press kit on the mission at:

https://astroscale.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/ELSA-d-Launch-Press-Kit-2021-ENG.pdf

Also, take a look at this video detailing the upcoming mission at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN5yQuDBGaw

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