Space Technology

Despite thruster difficulties, an Astroscale debris-removal demonstration gets close

Astroscale announced on May 4 that it accomplished another close approach rendezvous between its dual ELSA-d spacecraft last month, although that persisting thruster issues are delaying a capture demonstration that was originally scheduled for January. In January, four of Astroscale’s eight 1-newton thrusters failed aboard the ELSA-d servicer spacecraft, which is a 175-kilogram satellite meant to