SSTL logo travels to the ISS...and then back to Earth!

RemoveDEBRIS is the world's first Active Debris Removal demonstration mission.

The satellite platform was designed and manufactured by SSTL to accommodate two target cubesats and four debris removal technologies - a net, a harpoon, vision based navigation using cameras and LiDaR, and a de-orbit dragsail. This protective panel (with the logo I designed on it) is made of honeycomb aluminium and was fitted to the spacecraft for transit and launch to the International Space Station, where it was unpacked and prepared for deployment from the Kibo airlock by NASA Astronauts. 

After the spacecraft's successful deployment from the ISS on 20th June 2018, the panel was returned to Earth on the next re-supply launcher, and shipped back to SSTL courtesy of NanoRacks.

The project is co-funded by the European Commission and the research leading to the results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Program

(FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n°607099. RemoveDebris was deployed from the International Space Station on 20th June 2018, with launch service interface and launch provision by NanoRacks and NASA respectively.

More info on the mission

Images 3 and 4: Credit Nanoracks and NASA

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