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PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Redwire Corporation (NYSE: RDW), a leading provider of space infrastructure for the next generation space economy, today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with both Bradford Space and Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) signed. Development of a commercial service for removing debris from Earth orbit. Through this collaboration, Redwire will expand the development team and add significant experience in space robotics and guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) to expand the commercial offering.
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“This collaborative effort provides a commercial solution to address a critical need in the space environment. Preserving the space environment is critical to life on Earth and ensuring sustainable space exploration,” said Chris Pearson, Executive Vice President, Critical Components at Redwire. “Redwire’s robotics hardware and GN&C expertise, particularly from our Luxembourg facility, will enhance this capability. Through this collaboration, we have seen increased interest from our US customers in international partnerships, and we look forward to working with Bradford Space and SSC as we continue to strengthen collaboration between traditional and non-traditional space allies.”
“Bradford Space is pleased to welcome Redwire to the team. This company brings together strong space experience and exceptional complementary capabilities from each of the partners,” says Patrick van Put, Managing Director for Bradford Space’s European operations.
“We are proud to be working with proven 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 guidelines on the long-term sustainability of space activities and we welcome an initiative of this kind,” said a spokesman for the Swedish National Space Agency.
Debris removal services will address the issue of shared orbits becoming increasingly congested as more actors access space, posing a hazard to other spacecraft using those orbits. Redwire will contribute both robot hardware and GN&C capabilities for proximity operations and detection of both cooperative and non-cooperative objects. A Bradford Space satellite bus with significant Delta V capability called the Square Rocket is launched into orbit, then to meet and exit the debris. The target orbits are highly polar, including the common sun-synchronous orbit.
At the International Astronautical Congress 2021, Bradford Space and SSC previously announced the orbital debris removal service, which will be provided by the new spaceport facility currently under construction at the Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.
Redwire Corporation (NYSE: RDW) is a leader in space infrastructure for the next-generation space economy, with valuable intellectual property for solar power generation and 3D printing and manufacturing in space. With decades of aviation experience combined with the agile and innovative culture of a commercial space platform, Redwire is uniquely positioned to help its customers solve the complex challenges of future space missions. Visit www.redwirespace.com for more information.
About Bradford Space
Bradford Space is a high-tech designer and manufacturer that has been innovating in the space industry for over three decades. Bradford has over 38 years of experience designing and manufacturing state-of-the-art in-orbit systems and components. Today, this US company, with an office in New York City and offices in the Netherlands, Sweden and Luxembourg, builds high-efficiency propulsion systems for spacecraft, avionics, attitude and orbit control systems, microgravity workstations and provides logistics services for missions beyond LEO.
Bradford Space is a world leader in non-toxic propulsion systems and technologies ranging from cold gas, water, HPGP® monofuel and electric propulsion. With over 2200 products in space, Bradford Space is a leading subsystems supplier to aerospace companies, space agencies and venture capitalized space companies around the world.
About the Swedish Space Company
SSC is a global provider of advanced space services. At our unique Esrange Space Center facility, we develop payloads for experiments and provide rocket and balloon launch services. We also provide reliable access to satellites through our global network of ground stations. In addition, we offer technical consulting expertise for all phases of our customers’ space programs. With extensive experience and a solid understanding of the rapidly changing space market, we tailor innovative and sustainable solutions for institutional and commercial clients worldwide. SSC covers the global market through its offices around the world along with the global network of ground stations. SSC was founded in 1972 and employs around 600 people. Learn more at www.sscspace.com.
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Source: Redwire Corporation