The project aims to catch the business opportunity generated by the need of increasing safety of space infrastructures with respect to the threat posed by the huge number of space debris lost in space.
Our objective is to validate by testing and qualify for space a scaled-up demonstrator of the First European System for Active Debris Removal with Nets (ADR1EN) and develop the necessary business and commercialisation plans to reach the market.After extensive feasibility and development work performed since 2012, to adapt this concept to the peculiarities of a space mission, the goals of ADR1EN are:
Up-scaling and piloting of the technology demonstrated within an ESA project.
Full scale ground tests of the ADR1EN technology.
Prototype tests in lab-simulated space environmental conditions.
Development of business and commercialization plans to reach the market.
Even if we do nothing, taking into account the number of objects already in orbit, the space environment might not be sustainable if no mitigation or remediation efforts are undertaken.
The ADR1EN system will contribute to solve the problem of risk of collision against space debris by directly reducing the number of such debris.
To date we have demonstrated the following technologies in a parabolic flight experiment:
- Net simulation software
- Net ejector
- Capturing net
- Testing rig
- Acquisition system
The full scale validation and demonstration of the system that will take place in the ADR1EN project will put us in a privileged position to compete in a rapidly growing market.
At the end of the project the ADR1EN system will be the first available tested technology for active debris removal.
The Italian major newspaper La Repubblica published an article focused on our ADR1EN project and the problem of space debris!
Last week we performed successful full scale ground tests in Słupsk, at OptiNav premises! The event also received a wide coverage by Polish media: GP24, TVP3, Polskie Radio Koszalin, Kanal 6, Radio Gdansk.
We have been hosted at Festival dello Spazio (Space Festival) at Villa Borzino in Busalla (GE), Italy, on 30th July 2017, to present the ADR1EN project and our experience and view on space debris. It has been four days full of events, with a special focus on the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Read more about ADR1EN at Festival dello Spazio[…]
We are at the 7th European Conference on Space Debris, at ESA/ESOC in Darmstadt, on 18-21 April 2017, to present the paper “Design of net ejector for space debris capturing”, which describes a part of the activities carried out within our project, through a poster dedicated to ADR1EN!
As last year we organized an event, again chaired by Franco Malerba, to present the ADR1EN project to potential stakeholders, in Genova, Italy, on 16th December 2016.
Our colleagues of SKA Polska received the “Symbol of Innovation 2016” prize in Katowice, on 23rd November 2016! The award was followed by an article on Monitor Biznesu.
On 17th-18th November 2016 we had a technical and project management progress meeting in Genova, where we had the chance to present and discuss the progresses: excellent results have been achieved in the last period!
We presented the ADR1EN project as a Polish success story in H2020 Space Calls, at the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research in Warsaw, during the Horizon 2020 Space Information Day, on 25th October 2016.
Last Monday we had the pleasure to meet our Project Officer at Stam premises and he could record and tweet a short video at the end of the meeting!
We had the chance to present our ADR1EN project to the Space Committee at the Polish Parliament, to discuss further potential developments and opportunities.