Does the removal module still work if the spacecraft is “dead”?

The module will have the appropriate degree of autonomy, such as own power source and an own simple communication unit.

How is TeSeR different compared to conventional approaches?

Conventional approaches use integrated removal solutions. These technical solutions are tailor-made for each spacecraft and do not benefit from scaling effects. TeSeR will use a scalable design. A small number of differently sized modules will fit different satellites’ needs.


Why is such a technology needed?

Space is vital to life on Earth. As the number of upper stages and orbiting satellites continues to grow, the space environment becomes increasingly congested. Space debris threatens space-based infrastructures. Spacecraft themselves become debris after the end of their operational life. The TeSeR project develops technologies which will prevent spacecraft from becoming debris. It does so in a cost-efficient way. Only a sustainable space environment will ensure that humankind will continue to be able to reap the benefits that space technologies can provide.

What are the advantages of the envisioned removal module?

Once fully developed and tested, TeSeR will offer a highly reliable removal module that can be attached to almost any spacecraft during assembly of the spacecraft on ground. Thanks to its modular approach, TeSeR offers a cost-efficient solution for the disposal of spacecraft which will save spacecraft manufacturers, owners and operators money and time. The module will be designed for industrialization. The series production will bring down the costs per module.

When is TeSeR going to launch?

TeSeR is planning to launch at the end of 2020.

What does TeSeR stand for?

TeSeR is the abbreviation for Technology for Self-Removal of Spacecraft.


Who is part of the TeSeR project team?

The TeSeR partners are:

  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Aalborg University
  • Beazley Furlonge Ltd
  • D-Orbit SRL
  • GomSpace ApS
  • Hyperschall Technologie Gottingen GmbH
  • PHS Space Ltd
  • University of Surrey
  • Universität der Bundeswehr München
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Weber-Steinhaus & Smith