ClearSpace to Work with Intelsat on Commercial GEO Life-Extension Mission
Renens, Switzerland – November 14th, 2022. ClearSpace, a European provider of in-orbit services, announces a collaboration with Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, to promote a more sustainable space economy through the development and use of satellite life extension services.
This collaboration represents the expansion of ClearSpace’s in-orbit services to geostationary operators and will focus on one of Intelsat’s operational assets that will be approaching the end of its nominal service life in the 2026-2028 timeframe. This program builds upon ClearSpace’s core capabilities being developed under the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ClearSpace-1 debris removal mission and its work with the UK Space Agency to develop a reusable, refuellable, servicing platform.
To date, Intelsat is the only satellite operator in the world to have employed commercial life extension services, and with this endeavour, Intelsat continues its tradition of facilitating the emergence of cutting-edge satellite services.
Luc Piguet, CEO and Co-founder of ClearSpace:
“We are honoured to work with one of the world’s most experienced satellite operators on a mission to extend the useful life of their assets. This joint effort further validates ClearSpace’s vision for a vibrant and sustainable space ecosystem, and the role that In-Orbit Service providers can play in creating value through a variety of service offerings”.
ClearSpace, the innovative start-up founded in 2018, delivers transformative in-orbit services that enable a vibrant, accessible, resilient and sustainable space economy. ClearSpace is growing rapidly and, together with its industry-leading partners, is developing the European Space Agency’s flagship space debris removal mission: ClearSpace-1. ClearSpace has also been selected by the UK Space Agency to develop Active Debris Removal missions capable of removing multiple dangerous objects from space.