Orbital space is getting increasingly congested. Space debris threatens space-based infrastructures which are vital for life on Earth. Disused spacecraft are a potentially dangerous source of space debris. TeSeR, which stands for Technology for Self-Removal of Spacecraft, addresses the space debris problem with an innovative approach. TeSeR is an important contribution to a sustainable space environment for future generations.
Eleven European partners from the space sector and academia have formed the TeSeR consortium to hand in hand develop a prototype for a cost-efficient and highly reliable module. The module will ensure that future spacecraft do not present a collision risk once they reach the end of their operational lifetimes of suffer an in-service failure. Under Grant Agreement No 687295, part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the TeSeR project will receive EU funding or more than € 2.8 million and will run until early 2019.