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Eutelsat's first LEO satellite generation earns platinum SSR rating, underscoring its commitment to sustainable space operations. (Image source: Eutelsat Group)

Eutelsat Group has announced that its first generation of over 600 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites has earned a platinum rating in the Space Sustainability Rating (SSR), highlighting the company's strong commitment to responsible space usage 

Initially conceived at the World Economic Forum (WEF), the SSR aims to mitigate space debris creation, minimise satellite collision risks, and ensure safe and sustainable space operations.

An international consortium, including experts from the European Space Agency, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BryceTech, and the University of Texas at Austin, developed the rating methodology. The SSR is implemented by eSpace – EPFL Space Center, which aims to recognise and encourage sustainable practices in the space industry.

The SSR evaluates six modules: Mission Index (impact of spacecraft on operational risk), Collision Avoidance Capabilities, Data Sharing, Detectability, Identification and Trackability, Application of Design and Operation Standards, and the use of future External Services.

Eutelsat Group surpassed the 80% threshold to achieve the highest-level platinum rating, demonstrating the Group’s dedication to sustainable design and operation of its satellite constellation.

"With our increased presence in both LEO and geostationary orbit (GEO), we remain committed to the sustainable and responsible use of space” said Eva Berneke, CEO of Eutelsat Group. “We are honoured to receive SSR’s recognition and congratulations to the entire team for their hard work and dedication to sustainable and safe operations."

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