High-fidELity tEsting enviroNment for Active Space Debris Removal

Space debris is caused by millions of non-functional, human-made objects left in space that become a hazard for current and future space missions. Yet, no Active Space Debris Removal (ASDR) systems currently exist. Many methods have been proposed, but most of them are still in the technology development stages. Thus, on-ground experimental facilities for the test, verification and validation of ASDR will be critical for pushing the technology to the operational stage. SpaceR and Spacety target to explore, within the HELEN project, the potential of the 2D micro-gravity facility (Zero-G lab) for validating FlexeS, a small Flexible Capture System for debris removal. Advanced computational methods will be developed combining HIL and SIL to recreate high-fidelity in orbit scenarios. The integration of virtual and physical systems will enable close-to real testing, speeding up the transition between the development and deployment stages of ASDR systems.

Project Information

Duration: January 1, 2022 to Dec 31, 2024

Funding Source
474.972,50 €
Principal Investigator(s)
Prof. Dr. Miguel Olivares-Mendez, Dr. Carol Martinez (VicePI)
Xiao Li, Olga Christidi-Loumpasefski, Maxime Hubert Delisle, Carol Martinez
SnT-SpaceR, Spacety Luxembourg S.A.
  • Yalcin, B. C., Martinez Luna, C., Hubert Delisle, M., Rodriguez, G., Zheng, J., & Olivares Mendez, M. A. (2022).ET-Class, an Energy Transfer-based Classification of Space Debris Removal Methods and Missions. Frontiers in Space Technologies.
  • Hubert Delisle, M.; Yalcin, B. C.; Martinez Luna, C.; Christidi-Loumpasefski, O.; Li, X.; Rodriguez, G.; Zheng, J., & Olivares Mendez, M. A. (2022). The Best Space Resource is the One You Can Catch and Reuse Poster, Space Resources Week (2022)
  • Li, X.,Yalcin, B. C., Martinez Luna, C., Christidi-Loumpasefski, O., Hubert Delisle, M., Rodriguez, G.; Zheng, J., & Olivares Mendez, M. A. (2022). Exploring NVIDIA Omniverse for Future Space Resources Missions Poster, Space Resources Week (2022)