Astroscale's collaboration with the Momentos company offers NASA a commercial solution that will allow the famous satellite - which recently celebrated its 33rd birthday - to be attached and towed to an orbit that will also be cleaned of space debris
Astroscale, the market leader in satellite service and long-term orbital sustainability and momentum, An American commercial space company, which offers orbital transportation and infrastructure services in space, will cooperate to offer NASA a sustainable solution, in the framework of which the Hubble Space Telescope will be moved from its current location in space to a new location, previously cleaned of space debris that could threaten its safety in the future.
The Hubble Space Telescope, which provided observations of the planets, nebulae and provided humanity with images from the depths of space, is a satellite that orbited the Earth in a low orbit, at an altitude of approximately 589 km above the ground. It was launched in 1990 and placed in its orbit on the mission of the space shuttle Discovery, as a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency and is considered one of the most important astronomical tools in history. Over the years it has been handled by space shuttle crews for repairs. The last service mission to it for maintenance purposes was launched in 2009
According to Ofir Azriel, CEO of Astroscale Israel, the proposal brings a commercial solution to extend the life of this important global asset - without risk to humans. "We are talking about launching a small service satellite into low orbit. Once it reaches orbit, Astroscale's technology will come into play. It will assist in having a safe rendezvous and robotic capture of the telescope. After docking, a series of maneuvers will be performed to raise the Hubble 50 km higher than its current position. After the completion of the 'apartment move', Esterscale's system will clean and remove from the area where the Hubble will sail, any space debris that could threaten it."
"Hubble's need for renewed reinforcement is an important wake-up call that demonstrates well why the space industry needs a dynamic and responsive infrastructure in space," he said Ron Lopez, President and CEO of Astroscale USA. "The progress we have achieved in recent years in the capabilities of service delivery in space allows us to manage our investments in space in a new way; This is the foundation on which the new space age is built. What we have offered to NASA are options that were not available during the five previous service missions that went to Hubble and they leverage the best service in space in favor of continued safe operation for years to come.'
"Even at the age of 33, Hubble is fully capable of continuing his all-important mission," he said John Rudd, CEO of Momentos and pointed to its orbital stability as the point of failure that deserves treatment. "We currently have three service satellites in space and together with Astroscale's capabilities in approaching moving bodies in space and attaching to them, we will be able to support this great mission. We offer NASA a very cost-effective way and the possibility to continue to take advantage of the investment of the billions already invested in the project, while using new robotic service technology in space."
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