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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

Hubble Space Telescope. Courtesy of NASA
Hubble Space Telescope. Courtesy of NASA

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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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  1. You have blocked comments on the hybrid vehicle article. I measured radiation with a 50HZ detector. A completely electric car, GM, there is no radiation in the driver's cabin, in the rest of the seats and even in the engine compartment. In a hybrid vehicle, radiation was measured at the limit allowed by the Ministry of the Environment's regulations for continuous exposure, which are stricter than the ICNIRP international standard. We will not specify the vehicle manufacturer. So if someone agrees to continuous exposure to the threshold radiation allowed in the standard, yes it is safe. But if someone wasn't willing to try it then no.
    The reason for the difference in radiation is that in a hybrid vehicle there is a charger for the electric motor and in electric vehicles the battery is the charger. A charge with rotating magnets is radiation. The battery has no noticeable radiation as far as I have measured. Anyone with a non-ionizing electroradiometer can repeat the experiment. In advance indicates that the electric motor is not measured according to the radiation formula B=mu*I/R. The radiation will be very high because of the small distance. Be fair and measure in the driver's cabin and in the passenger cabin.

  2. good offer The United States has significantly less cash flow than China, still a technological advantage albeit a gnawed one. And besides, Hubble does a good job. so why not install new ones and add them to the old ones.

  3. It's all well and good, and I'm all for it, but the Hubble needs more serious maintenance, which at a minimum includes replacing and adding gyroscopes. As far as I remember he no longer has any spare gyros left, and the loss of another gyro would hurt his activity.

    Not to mention installing new cameras and more advanced optical means.

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