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Space companies pledge to develop alliances to reduce the in-orbit debris by 2030

Pledge by Space Companies

TAMPA, FLORIDA — By 2030, ten firms and organizations from the space sector have pledged to develop specific solutions to reduce in-orbit debris.

The Net Zero Space charter includes signatories such as Eutelsat, a French satellite fleet operator, Arianespace, a launch service provider, and Planet, a US-based Earth photography company. The initiative was unveiled on November 12 during the Paris Peace Forum in France.

“Currently, there are around 4,700 operational satellites in orbit,” adds Arianespace CEO Stéphane Isral, “and this figure might climb to more than 25,000 by the end of the decade.”

“Hence, we must immediately address the issue faced in our responsibilities associated with rising use of space to protect humanity’s long-term perks.”

The introduction of the Net Zero Space alliance resulted in no definite pledges.

The Stringent Plan

However, Eutelsat deputy CEO Michel Azibert, who attended the event, stated that the corporation would return next year with more clarity on the subject of space debris.

The company’s Space Debris Mitigation Plan, according to a Eutelsat executive, is already “more strict” than France’s national LOS regulation, or Loi sur les Opérations Spatiales. Its goal is to ensure that proper de-orbit procedures are followed so that satellites do not end up as junk when their operational lives come to an end.

“LOS is widely regarded as the most severe limitation imposed on operators. When compared to the UN’s long-term sustainability criteria for space activities, this is significant,” the official said.

Eutelsat claims to have a success rate of over 95% in de-orbiting its own spacecraft.

However, the corporation claims that with the growing number of satellites, worldwide intervention is required to keep the increasingly congested space environment under control.

“Not acting would increase the risk of space asset collisions, degrade the safety and sustainability of space operations, and inflate the cost of access to the most useful orbits,” Azibert says.

The spokesperson from Eutelsat also stated that the firm collaborates closely with satellite broadband provider OneWeb. This is required for the startup’s second-largest shareholder’s work on low-Earth-orbit space debris abatement (LEO).

OneWeb has technical development cooperation with Astroscale, a debris cleanup business that has also joined the Net Zero Space program.

In LEO, Astroscale is showcasing debris-removal systems. Its Net Zero Space commitments include forming collaborations with government and commercial players to implement legislation and incentives to improve space sustainability, according to the company.

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