Iowa Chapter Zoom Presentation on Space Sustainability February 26

ELSA d ConOps

Event: An Introduction to Space Sustainability with Gene Fujii of Astroscale
Date and Time: Monday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m. Central Time
Location: DMACC West Campus, 5959 Grand Ave., West Des Moines
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The NSS Iowa Chapter is pleased to present a Zoom presentation by Gene Fujii, the Chief Engineer for Astroscale, a company dedicated to on-orbit servicing across all orbits, helping to create a sustainable foundation for the growth of the space economy.

Astroscale is working on four pillars of creating a sustainable space environment:

(1) End-of-Life – Avoiding adding more debris to the orbital environment from satellites at the end of their service life.

(2) Active Debris Removal – Bringing down large items of debris that are currently in orbit.

(3) Life Extension – Servicing GEO satellites reaching end of life or useful in a new orbital location.

(4) In-Space Situational AwarenessAcquiring data to better understand the characteristics of objects in orbit.

Gene Fujii

Speaker Gene Fujii has over 25 years of experience in technology management in the commercial space industry. Prior to joining Astroscale, Gene was vice president of the space segment group at ORBCOMM where he oversaw the development, test, launch, in-orbit checkout, and on-orbit operations of a constellation of small communication satellites from multiple manufacturers. Before ORBCOMM, he was a senior principal systems engineer at Orbital Sciences Corp working on the design, test, and deployment of several small commercial LEO and GEO satellites and launch vehicles.

Please join us for this significant presentation.

Top image: Astroscale’s pioneering ELSA-d mission, the first project to demonstrate the core rendezvous, capture and de-orbit technologies used by the ELSA (End-of-Life Service by Astroscale). ELSA-d, launched in March 2021, is the world’s first commercial mission to prove the core technologies necessary for on-orbit satellite servicing in LEO. Image courtesy Astroscale.


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