Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space leads the TeSeR project and acts as the coordinator of the TeSeR consortium. Moreover, the company is responsible for the project management, technical coordination, and the development of innovative attitude control systems.
Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus Group, is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise and the second largest space business worldwide. It’s activities include space, military aircraft, and related systems and services. It employs more than 38,000 people and in 2015 generated revenues of over 13 billion Euros. Read More
Weber-Steinhaus & Smith
Within the TeSeR project, Weber-Steinhaus & Smith has delivered the initial overview of the international and national rules relating to responsibility and liability for space debris. This enables the debris remediation technology at the core of the project to be constructed with these rules in mind. One of the project objectives includes contributing to consensus at regulatory level on how space debris should be removed to ensure long-term sustainability of space activities.
Weber-Steinhaus & Smith is a boutique law firm in Bremen, Germany, whose partners bring together dedicated fields of expertise in commercial and international law. The field of space law, technology and regulation is among these.
HTG – Hyperschall Technologie Göttingen GmbH
HTG Hyperschall Technologie Göttingen was founded in 1989 to be a research and service company. Our focus of activity is on the experimental and theoretical aspects of satellite aerodynamics and spacecraft re-entry analysis.
Therefore we develop methods for orbital and atmospheric re-entry simulations and we already established successful software products like ANGARA, DRAMA/SESAM, RAMSES and SCARAB. The re-entry simulation software SCARAB is used for the TeSeR project to conduct feasibility analyses for semi-controlled re-entries.
Our customer base includes the national aeronautics and space research center of the Federal Republic of Germany (DLR), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Italian space agency (ASI), as well as the French space agency (CNES). Other customers is the European aerospace industry, including Airbus Defence and Space, OHB, Thales-Alenia and Deimos.
PHS Space Ltd
PHS Space undertakes the following tasks within TeSeR:
1) Examine options for the preliminary design and configuration of a multi-purpose concept with respect to two primary functions (shielding during the mission and deorbiting after the mission) and three secondary functions (impact detection during the mission, post-mission collision avoidance of trackable objects, and post-mission sweeping of small debris).
2) Review TeSeR project outputs and identify a set of general design rules for implementing post-mission deorbiting capability in spacecraft with a view to possible ISO standardisation.
PHS Space Ltd (PHS) is a small UK-based consultancy company (SME) whose principal, Dr Hedley Stokes, has worked on various aspects of the space debris problem for over 20 years. Founded in 2006, the company provides specialist knowledge and expertise in the following areas: space debris impact risk assessment using an in-house software tool called SHIELD3; design and optimisation of impact protection on spacecraft; production of space debris mitigation standards; development of patented space debris mitigation technologies.
GomSpace is a company in the space industry with a mission to be engaged in the global market for space systems and services by introducing new products, i.e. components, platforms and systems based on innovation within professional nanosatellites. GomSpace has customers in various segments, including for instance Fraunhofer EMI, NASA, ESA, DTU Space and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and operates across more than 50 countries. Having participated in more than 40 satellite missions, GomSpace continues to demonstrate flawless flight heritage.
GomSpace’s role in the TeSeR project is to develop the interface with the satellite bus and the system responsbile for safe and timely actuation of the re-entry module. Gomspace is also responsible for the integration of the TeSeR on-ground prototype.
Surrey University, Surrey Space Centre
The Surrey Space Centre, part of the University of Surrey’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, is a world leading Centre of Excellence in Space Engineering. With 10 academic staff, 11 research fellows and over 50 postgraduate researchers, we develop new innovative technologies which are exploited by the space industry. We have a large body of PhD, academic and industrial research, with a direct route through our spin-out company, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) for rapid commercialization.
Prof. Craig Underwood, Head of SSC’s Environments and Instrumentation Group, is leading Surrey’s contribution to the project, which is to design, develop and ground-test the prototype of an uncontrolled spacecraft removal device based on propellant-less electro-dynamic technology. He is supported by Dr. Aaron knoll, Mr. Keith Ryden and Dr. Alexandru Cornogolub.
AAU Space Center is a research group organized under the research section for Automation and Control under the Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University. AAU Space Center performs research on space technology addressing the fields of attitude determination and control, fault detection and isolation, including fault tolerant control, ground station networks and satellite system engineering. The research is applied to single satellite missions as well as formation flying. AAU Space Center is headed by Jens Frederik Dalsgaard Nielsen being responsible for the AAUSAT CubeSat program since 2001 with 5 launches of CubeSats, the latest launch was in April 25, 2016 of AAUSAT4.
The Self-deployable Deorbiting Space Structure (SDSS) Research Group, Esbjerg, is a research group organized under the Division of Structures, Materials and Geotechnics under the Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University. The activities in this research group started in 2008 focusing on highly elastic flexible structures to be used for self-deployable space structures such as solar panels and drag based de-orbiting. The research group developed and launched a prototype of the SDSS technology in 2014. The research group is headed by Anders Schmidt Kristensen.
Associate Prof. Anders Schmidt Kristensen, Head of the SDSS Research Group, is leading AAU’s contribution to the TeSeR project, which is to design, develop and evaluate a prototype of a drag based semi-controlled spacecraft removal device. The research is supported by Associate Prof. Jens Frederik Dalsgaard Nielsen, PhD Fellow Jan Ánike Nikolajsen and PhD Fellow Peter Riddersholm Lauridsen.
D-Orbit, with its five-year experience in end-of-mission solutions, is the TeSeR partner in charge of the design of the subsystem for the controlled removal of spacecraft, relying on its extensive expertise in decommissioning systems based on solid rocket propulsion.
D-Orbit is a satellite systems company providing commissioning and decommissioning solutions for spacecraft, launch vehicles, and next-generation satellites constellations. Founded in 2011, the company is based in Milan, Italy with subsidiaries in Washington, DC, and Lisbon, Portugal. The firm currently employs approximately 35 people.
Universität der Bundeswehr, München
The Institute of Space Technology and Space Applications (ISTA) at the Bundeswehr University Munich focuses its research on mission and system architecture/design, autonomous satellite operations, particularly in case of faults (fault detection isolation and recovery, FDIR), development and operation of radio science experiments on MarsExpress, VenusExpress and Rosetta.
Within the TeSeR project, the Institute of Space Technology and Space Applications is responsible for the assessment of possibilities for the status detection of the spacecraft, its passivation and the reliable triggering of the removal process. In addition, the functional system architecture of the removal module will be defined.
University of Strathclyde
Within the TeSeR team the University of Strathclyde is responsible for the initial survey and taxonomy of space debris removal technologies, high level mission analysis and development of mission requirements. These activities will be conducted within the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory (ASCL) of the Strathclyde Space Institute.
The ASCL is an award-winning research centre undertaking frontier research on visionary space systems, delivering radically new approaches to space systems engineering to enable future space exploration and exploitation. The ASCL capabilities include spacecraft dynamics and control, end-to-end mission design, software and simulation and a growing capability in microspacecraft systems through a ground station and space hardware development facility. The laboratory also has strong links to wider institutional capabilities in spacecraft autonomy, hypersonics, advanced manufacturing, deployable structures and mission risk management.