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CLEAR Mission reaches PDR maturity

ClearSpace today announced that its CLEAR Mission – funded as part of the UK Space Agency’s national debris removal programme – has achieved Preliminary Design Review (PDR) maturity, marking a significant advance in the collective aim of making space operations more sustainable.


 
Above: Artistic impression of the CLEAR servicer.
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The CLEAR Mission will use ClearSpace’s novel robotic capture system to safely remove two dead, washing-machine-sized, UK satellites from orbit, mitigating the risk that these pieces of space debris pose to other space operations. The successful completion of the PDR confirms that ClearSpace’s solution meets all of the mission requirements and is ready for the next stages of development.  

One of the highlights of the current development phase is the creation of a robust breadboard of all core technologies, including a highly agile robotic arm. The robotic arm, designed and refined in less than one year through multiple hardware iterations, exemplifies ClearSpace's commitment to rapid innovation and cutting-edge engineering.

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"We are incredibly excited to have achieved this critical milestone, not only showing that these complex missions are feasible but also validating our core technology developments," said Rory Holmes, UK Managing Director at ClearSpace.

"We are very grateful to the UK Space Agency for all their support. This collaboration has allowed us to move fast – really fast – in developing core technologies that can be used for a wide range of in-orbit services right here in the UK.”
 

Above: CRAB, the rotobic arm.
© ClearSpace

Ray Fielding, Head of Sustainability & ADR at the UK Space Agency, added: “We are delighted that ClearSpace has successfully completed the PDR phase for CLEAR – this is a significant milestone in the UK Space Agency’s national ADR mission, which is designed to be refuellable and, therefore, fully sustainable.  As such, ClearSpace’s complementary refuelling study – one of four we are investing in – is a vital activity to identify the most effective solution and market."

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The CLEAR mission is a critical response to the growing problem of space debris, which poses a significant risk to satellites and crewed space stations and the future of space exploration. By leveraging advanced technologies, ClearSpace aims to ensure cleaner and safer orbits, enabling sustainable space operations for generations to come.

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