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Removing space debris with Gecko technology

Innovations-report | 18/02/2021 09:06 PM | Click to read full article

Gecko adhesive structures developed at INM, which are fully functional under vacuum conditions come into question as an innovative gripping system.

Various Gecko adhesion materials were also tested onboard the ISS on different surfaces typically installed in spacecraft or satellites, e.g., acrylic glass for solar panels, multilayer insulation as thermal insulation material, and aluminium for the outer skin. The knowledge gained now opens up new perspectives for further missions, both in the laboratory and in space.