Look out below – Design for Demise study aims to cut satellite reentry risk

GOCE reenters atmosphere node full image

Title GOCE reenters atmosphere
Released 12/11/2013 2:25 pm
Copyright Bill Chater
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Photo of GOCE reentering the atmosphere taken by Bill Chater in the Falklands at 21:20 local time on 11 November. Posted on Twitter, Bill wrote, “Driving southwards at dusk, it appeared with bright smoke trail and split in 2 before splitting again into more and going on north.”

20 December 2013

Even in space, what goes up does sometimes come down – potentially endangering people on the ground. So ESA’s Clean Space initiative is commissioning a study on ‘Design for Demise’ techniques, aimed at reducing the risk of satellite fragments surviving atmospheric reentry.

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