ESA wants its future satellites to have 90% chance of deorbiting; failures to get pre-financed debris removal mission

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Space Agency is asking its member governments to force ESA satellites in heavily trafficked orbits to be designed with a 90% probability of being de-orbited at the end of their lives, and to include financing of a debris-removal mission if the satellite in-orbit failures.

The 22-nation ESA, under Director-General Josef Aschbacher, has been floating the “net zero debris” idea to its member states and to industry for over a year:

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