2015 : Space debris workshop
Abundant and out of control debris in earth orbits is an increasing concern for space business, and induce satellites operators to tackle the problem with great care. France thus enforced the so called “law on space operations” (in french LOS : Loi sur les Opérations Spatiales) in year 2008.
This law makes mandatory to operators to discard their satellites from useful earth orbits once they have reached their life end. They can comply with this regulation by transfering satellites to far away “parking orbits”, or by destroying them through active transfer toward atmospheric reentry trajectories.
In that second case, operators must demonstrate that these reentries are safe for populations. This implies that the assessment of satellites breakdown and debris reentry be computed with high reliability physical and numerical models.
ARA in collaboration with CEA, the french atomic energy commission (which was then, and still is, member of ARA together with Airbus DS, Herakles Safran, Bordeaux University and Aquitaine Region), organized a workshop on this topic on 20-21 January 2015. This workshop took place at the “Institut Laser et Plasma” (Plasma and Laser Institute) in Le Barp (France), a town in the Bordeaux area.
This event gatherd over 50 participants from french industry, university and public institutions : Airbus DS (Toulouse, Bordeaux, Les Mureaux), CEA (Bordeaux and Le Ripault facilities), CNES (Toulouse, Paris), CNRS (Toulouse, Orléans), Herakles/SAFRAN (Bordeaux), DGA (Rennes), Bordeaux University, INRIA (Bordeaux facility), ONERA (Toulouse), University of Pau, and small industry representatives.
The conclusions of this workshop mays be found in the presentation below.