Mission Analyses

Impacts from the space environment, such as “space debris” and “space weather” may constitute considerable risks for space missions. Due to the growing number of objects in orbit around the earth, there is an increasing need for modelling, analysis and monitoring of space close to the earth.

Since the firm’s foundation (1997), space environment aspects have become a part of etamax space’s core expertise.



Our team is involved in the majority of the relevant ESA and DLR programmes in this field, particularly in the following areas

  • space debris
  • space weather
  • analyses on the influence of the space environment and
  • space situational awareness

Our expertise encompasses the development and operation of models and software tools, as well as the application of these tools and the accompaniment of the processes for supporting industrial partners in risk analyses for space flight missions. etamax has many years of experience as a co-ordinator of data and service providers for space weather and space monitoring systems.

Example Projects

  • ESABASE2 – ESA’s Space environment analysis software for the European Industry (www.esabase2.net)
  • DIADEM – Tool to analyzing space debris clouds
  • SDETES – Space Debris End-to-End Service – process for considering of all space debris aspects in satellite development projects
  • MASTER – Meteoroid and Space Debris Reference Model (MASTER 2001)
  • ESA Space Debris Mitigation Handbook
  • DRAMA – Debris Risk Assessment and Mitigation Analysis Tool
  • SWENET – European Network for Space Weather
  • ViSpaNeT– Virtual Space Weather Network of Tools
  • AIDA – Space based detector for microparticles
  • DC-II – SSA Data Center
  • CO-VIII – Space Surveillance Precursor Services Operations

Some of our customers and partners in the area of space environment:

  • European Space Agency ESA
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt DLR
  • Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt PTB
  • Several Institutes of Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Thales Alenia Space
  • GMV
  • Several Institutes of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • RUAG Space
  • Spacebel
  • Institut für Photonische Technologien, Jena (IPHT)