The mission is headed by the Swiss company ClearSpace but companies from Germany, Sweden, Poland, United Kingdom, Romania, Czech Republic and the Portuguese Critical Software and Demios, with a total value of 100 million euros, participate.
The goal for 2025 is to go into orbital space and bring a piece of conical shape weighing 112 kilos and the size of a small satellite to Earth, just one of about 28,000 debris left around the Earth after thousands of space launches. A remote-controlled vehicle from Earth will be launched and guided until it reaches the Vespa, which was in orbit after the launch of a Veja rocket in 2013 between 664 and 801 kilometers in altitude.
Then, with the help of four robotic arms, the intercepting vehicle will grab the debris and, using its propulsion, descend in a controlled manner, causing both to disintegrate harmlessly into the atmosphere.
The problem of space debris in Earth’s orbit is recognized by the European Space Agency as a growing threat that could destroy a satellite or other space vehicle in the event of a collision.