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Astroscale, New Zealand to cooperate on space safety and sustainability


(11 Nov 2021) Astroscale Holdings Inc. announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with New Zealand's Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment ("MBIE") to co-operate on areas of space safety and sustainability, including debris mitigation and remediation, and on-orbit servicing in general.

The collaboration is focused on partnership in projects and activities that support long-term space sustainability, including joint technology development and research. To initiate these efforts, Astroscale and MBIE have identified an initial project in collaboration with Rocket Lab and Te Punaha Atea–Auckland Space Institute, which will define the engineering requirements, policy challenges and associated costs for multi-active debris removal missions with clients that require direct re-entry due to survivability of components.

The project will assess the mitigation strategy for up to three large debris objects with a single servicer in low Earth orbit and will aim to further demonstrate the viability of commercial debris removal while advancing the state of orbital sustainability.

Reference: Astroscale PR

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