- Press Release
- Oct 1, 2022
Astroscale’s ELSA-d Successfully Demonstrates Repeated Magnetic Capture
Astroscale’s End-of-Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration (ELSA-d) successfully tested its ability to capture its client
A major challenge of debris removal, and on-orbit servicing in general, is docking with or capturing a client object; this test
When ELSA-d was launched and commissioned, a mechanical locking mechanism held its servicer and client
The client was then separated from the servicer for the first time and captured to validate the magnetic capture system. During the release and capture period, Astroscale’s Mission Operations and Ground Segment teams checked out and calibrated the rendezvous sensors and verified relevant ground system infrastructure and operational procedures.
The successful completion of this phase paves the way for the remainder of Astroscale’s pioneering
“This has been a fantastic first step in validating all the key technologies for rendezvous and proximity operations and capture in space,” said Nobu Okada, Founder & CEO of Astroscale. “We are proud to have proven our magnetic capture capabilities and excited to drive on-orbit servicing forward with ELSA-d.”
Learn more from the ELSA-d Press Kit.
Watch the ELSA-d Mission Operations team explain the test demonstration from
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