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Commercial Removal of Debris Demonstration (CRD2)

Commercial removal of debris demonstration (CRD2) is the world's first technology demonstration of removing large-scale debris from orbit. This project is launched in collaboration with private sector, aiming to commercialize space debris removal and develop new markets for private business.

We have released Request For Proposal (RFP) concerning Phase I mission on October 2019.
JAXA has contracted with Astroscale for Phase I mission on March 2020.

Goal: establish debris removal as a new business and develop a market by Private sector

Research Goals

Overview of CRD2 Phase I project

CRD2 Phase1

Image of CRD2 Phase-I
Credit : Astroscale

  • Removing large-scale debris has the considerable effect in reducing amount of on-orbit debris, but has technical difficulties. Therefore, we divided into two phases and demonstrate step by to remove Japan owned large-scale debris.
  • We hold and lead discussions with international partners, aiming to develop a new business market.
  • Phase I mission demonstrate the rendezvous and proximity control technology to non-cooperative target and obtain images of long-abandoned debris, which is rare images in the world, to clarify the behavior of space debris (such as rotational motion/ damage on its surface).
  • We have released Request For Proposal (RFP) concerning Phase I mission on October 2019.
CRD2 Phase-I

Aiming at the world's first ADR

CRD2 Phase2

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