Fresh off an attempt to catch a simulated piece of debris in orbit, Astroscale is ready to launch a real life test of its space removal servicer in late 2024, addressing growing concerns about space safety and sustainability. "This spacecraft will demonstrate our innovative rendezvous, capture and de-orbit capabilities with a full-size constellation client," said managing director John Auburn. It then plans to launch its commercial service for satellite operators, with the goal of making debris removal part of routine operations by 2030. The ELSA-M mission (End-of-Life Service by Astroscale-M), with funding of €14.8 million ($15.9 million) from the European Space Agency and UK Space Agency, aims to allow the servicer to capture and deorbit multiple satellites in low Earth orbit once they run out of fuel or if they fail.

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