Redwire, Bradford Space and SSC will jointly develop a commercial orbital debris removal service

Redwire Corporation (NYSE: RDW), a leader in space infrastructure for the next generation space economy, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with both Bradford Space and the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) to develop a commercial orbital debris removal service. Through this collaboration, Redwire will expand the development team and add extensive expertise in space robotics and guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) to enhance the commercial offering.

“This collaborative effort provides a commercial solution to meet the critical needs of the space environment. Preserving the space environment is critical to life on Earth and ensuring the sustainable development of space,” said Chris Pearson, Executive Vice President of Critical Components at Redwire.

“Redwire’s robotic equipment and GN&C’s expertise, particularly from our Luxembourg plant, will enhance this capability. Through this collaboration, we have seen increased interest in international partnerships from our US customers and we look forward to working with Bradford Space and SSC as we continue. strengthen cooperation between traditional and non-traditional allies in space.”

“Bradford Space is delighted to welcome Redwire to its team. This venture brings together the strong space flight experience and exceptional complementary capabilities of each of the partners,” says Patrick van Put, managing director of Bradford Space’s European operations.

“We are proud to work with trusted mission partners Redwire and Bradford Space to offer another valuable service from one of the world’s most versatile space centers in northern Sweden,” says Stefan Gardefjord, CEO of SSC.

“The Swedish National Space Agency encourages the Swedish space industry to follow the United Nations’ recommendations for the long-term sustainability of space activities, and we are pleased to see such an initiative,” said a spokesperson for the Swedish National Space Agency.

Orbital debris removal services will address the problem that shared orbits are becoming increasingly congested as more entities gain access to space, posing a danger to other spacecraft using those orbits. Redwire will contribute both robotic equipment and GN&C capabilities for non-contact operations and the capture of both cooperative and non-cooperative objects.

A Bradford Space satellite bus with a significant delta-V function called the Square Rocket will be launched into orbit to then meet and exit the debris. The target orbits are high-inclination polar, including a common sun-synchronous orbit.

At the 2021 International Astronautical Congress, Bradford Space and SSC previously announced orbital debris removal services to be provided from a new spaceport currently under construction at Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.

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