Space

Space Debris illustration

Illustration, Space

A detailed illustration of space debris around the Earth, which is visualising real orbital data of some 14,000 tracked objects, including satellites, rocket bodies, and small bits of junk.

InflateSail animation for Surrey Space Centre

Animation, Engineering, Space

We created this animation for Surrey Space Centre, who built the InflateSail cubesat which demonstrated an inflatable dragsail for quick de-orbiting of small spacecraft. The sail had an area of 10m2, and the cubesat successfully deorbited 72 days after launch.


More detail on the mission here.

Update to RemoveDEBRIS animation for Surrey Space Centre

Animation, Engineering, Space

We updated the animation for Surrey Space Centre to show the launch and deployment sections, featuring a SpaceX Falcon9/Dragon capsule, and deployment from the International Space Station, via the Japanese module. The satellite is currently built and awaiting launch.
It puts into context the issue of space junk, and shows how Surrey Space Centre, in collaboration with others in the space sector, are building missions to test and refine methods for removing and reducing space debris.

The official spiel: “Since the beginning of the space age, over 7,000 tonnes of space junk has been generated – mostly empty rocket casings and dead satellites. Most of the objects launched into space are still orbiting the Earth, threatening collisions with active satellites. Our exhibit invites you to explore our flagship RemoveDEBRIS mission, which aims to be the first to test capture technologies that drag space junk back into the Earth’s atmosphere to burn up.”

Alsat Nano launch for Surrey Space Centre

Animation, Engineering, Space

We created this animation for Surrey Space Centre, who built the Alsat nano cubesat which was successfully launched on 26th September 2016. It is a testbed for some novel technologies, which are highlighted in the animation.


More detail on the mission here.

Nanosat Launch vehicle for British Interplanetary Society

Engineering, Illustration, Space

We produced this illustration of a small two-stage rocket, a Nanosat Launch Vehicle (NLV) for the British Interplanetary Society (BIS). It’s aim is to deliver small payloads to orbit, and has an approximate height of 9m, and is fuelled by liquid oxygen (LOX) and Refined Petroleum 1 (RP-1), a type of kerosene. It is based on the Reaction Engines (of Skylon fame) Blue Boomerang rocket design, which in turn is based on the British Black Arrow rocket, which is still the only successful orbital launch by the UK, launching the Prospero satellite in 1971.

Space Junk Clean-up at the Royal Society

Animation, Engineering, In the press, Space

We created this animation for Surrey Space Centre, who are one of 22 projects at the Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition, which features exhibits, talks and activites for all ages.
It puts into context the issue of space junk, and shows how Surrey Space Centre, in collaboration with others in the space sector, are building missions to test and refine methods for removing and reducing space debris.

The official spiel: “Since the beginning of the space age, over 7,000 tonnes of space junk has been generated – mostly empty rocket casings and dead satellites. Most of the objects launched into space are still orbiting the Earth, threatening collisions with active satellites. Our exhibit invites you to explore our flagship RemoveDEBRIS mission, which aims to be the first to test capture technologies that drag space junk back into the Earth’s atmosphere to burn up.”

Cleaning up Space Junk on the Royal Society website.