ESA plans net-neutral space debris policy by 2030s; Airbus says low Earth debris could shut down most Earth observation

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) is introducing a ‘net-zero’ space debris policy with the goal of removing as much debris from space as ESA launches by early in the next decade, ESA Director-General Josef Aschbacher said.

Aschbacher made is remarks Sept. 22 at the Airbus Summit 2021 conference, where the topic of space debris was forced into a general discussion of Airbus Group’s various programs by Jean-Marc Nasr, Airbus Defence and Space’s executive vice president for space . . .

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