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New Laser Station Lights the Way to Debris Reduction
ESA’s IZN-1 laser ranging station on top of the Izaña mountain in Tenerife, Spain. (Credit: ESA)

TENERIFE, Spain (ESA PR) — ESA’s Izaña-1 laser ranging station in Tenerife, Spain, has recently undergone months of testing and commissioning, passing its final tests with flying colours. As it reached ‘station acceptance’, it was handed over to ESA from the German company contracted to build it, DiGOS. The station is a technology testbed and a vital first step in making debris mitigation widely accessible to all space actors with a say in the future of our space environment.

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  • February 23, 2022