• October 29th, 2021, European Innovation Council (EIC) published an article about the E.T.PACK: Innovative technology has the potential to revolutionise the space debris challenge. Find the article here.
  • October 26th, 2021, SENER Aeroespacial and Rocket Factory Augsburg sign a launch agreement for E.T.PACK’s deorbit device. Find more about it here
From left to right: E.T.PACK Project Manager in SENER Aeroespacial, Lorenzo Tarabini; RFA’s CCO, Jörn Spurmann; the Director of Institutional Space Department of SENER Aeroespacial, Augusto Caramagno (in the center, signing the document); RFA’s CEO, Stefan Tweraser; and Manuel Sanjurjo, from the University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M).
  • September 30th, 2021, Lorenzo Tarabini and Sergio García González explain the ecological challenge in space and the E.T.PACK project in Radio Nacional de España. Find the interview here.
  • September 24th the UNIPD-CISAS “Giuseppe Colombo” research centre introduces the E.T.PACK project in the Public Event at the University of Padova called “VenetoNight“: the night of researchers.  Find the video here.
  • E.T.PACK Team celebrates the 8th Project Meeting in UniPD Padua, September 23th-24th, 2021.
E.T.PACK team at palazzo del Bo, Padua.
  • August 30th, 2021, E.T.PACK Coordinator is interviewed in the programme Siglo 21, Radio 3. Find the interview here.
  • May 15th, 2021, E.T.PACK Coordinator is interviewed in the article ” Basura espacial: la guerra de satélites satura las órbitas” , published in the daily newspaper ABC. Find the article here.
  • April 21th, 2021, Lorenzo Tarabini explains the E.T.PACK project in Telediario 1, the news programme of the Spanish National Television (TVE). Find the video here.
  • April 14th, 2021, E.T.PACK Coordinator appears in the programme El Gallo que no Cesa of Radio Nacional de España. Find the audio here
  • April 9th, 2021, E.T.Pack project appears in the daily newspaper El País. Features of the project, including its potential impact and the development plan of the deorbit device, are emphasized. Find the news link here.
  • March 17th, 2021, E.T.PACK Coordinator appears at the News of the Spanish TV Channel La Sexta.
  • March 9th, 2021, An interview with G. Sánchez-Arriaga (UC3M) and Lorenzo Tarabini (SENER) about the E.T.PACK project in “La Tarde”, a Radio Programme of Cadena COPE (Spanish Radio Station). Find the interview here.
  • February 23th, 2021, E.T.PACK Coordinator has been interviewed in the Spanish radio show “Hoy por Hoy Madrid” from Cadena Ser. The interview is available at the link (minute 47 of the show).
  • Aerospace PhD-Days: The first PhD day of European students in Aerospace Engineering was organized by AIDAA, the Italian Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics on 15th-17th February 2021. After a century from the foundation, AIDAA wished to celebrate its centennial by collecting together the PhD students in Aerospace engineering from Universities and research centers of Europe, for the first time. The PhD students had the possibilities to share their activities to all the colleague in Europe and, thus, to create a net of the European young researchers. PhD students from UC3M attended the meeting to present “Low work-Function Tethers for Deorbiting Satellite at End-of-Life ”. Find the presentation here [3:24:30-3:41:10].
  • After finishing the design and procurement phases, SENER has started today the lab activities on the avionic system of the deorbit kit.
  • E.T.PACK Team celebrates the sixth Project Meeting online, January 13th-14th, 2021.
  • E.T.PACK Team celebrates the fifth Project Meeting online, September 21st-22nd, 2020.
  • E.T.PACK Team celebrates the fourth Project Meeting online, June 11th-12th, 2020.
  • Online Seminar about “Orbital Debris and its Mitigation” was given to the students of the Galilelian School of Superior Studies (SGSS) by Enrico Lorenzini from University of Padova (UniPD) on 29 April 2020.
  • Several members of E.T.PACK participated in an Innovation Opportunity Workshop organized by experts of the FET project Briefing. The workshop allowed identifying and analyzing the priority aspects to develop the long-term goals and roadmap of E.T.PACK. The consortium thanks the Briefing‘s team for this kind opportunity.
  • As part of the research and innovation community, the E.T.PACK team is committed with the important challenge of contributing to the global efforts against Coronavirus. We encourage to visit the website of the research and innovation coronavirus response of the European Commission.
  • E.T.Pack partner at Dresden University of Technology successfully ran the C12A7 hollow cathode thruster for the first time.
  • The following E.T.Pack paper received the Best Paper Award in the Space Session of the conference:
    G. Sarego, L. Olivieri, A. Valmorbida, A. Brunello, E. C. Lorenzini, L. Tarabini Castellani, E. Urgoiti, A. Ortega, G. Borderes-Motta and G. Sánchez-Arriaga, “Deployment Requirements for Deorbiting Electrodynamic Tether Technology”, Presented at the Aerospace Europe Conference AEC2020 – Clean Sky, 25-28 February 2020, Bordeaux, France.
  • The Project Coordinator visited Gerardo Diego school in Leganes. Using several experiments and games he explained to 5-years old kids the space debris problem and the tether solution.
The Coordinator plays the “Kessler Syndrome Game” with the kids (left) and explains to a kid how electrodynamic tethers work (right) .
  • E.T.PACK Team celebrates the third Project Meeting in SENER Madrid, January 23th-24th,2020.
  • November 25, 2019, An interview with G. Sánchez-Arriaga (UC3M) and Lorenzo Tarabini (SENER) about the E.T.PACK project in “A Golpe de Bit”, a Radio Programme in Radio Exterior de España. Find the interview at here.
  • November 14, 2019, An interview with G. Sánchez-Arriaga (UC3M) and Lorenzo Tarabini (SENER) about the E.T.PACK project in “Radar 3.0”, a Radio Programme in Radio Nacional de España.
  • November 12 and 14, 2019, E.T.PACK Exposition in “Semana de la Ciencia de Madrid” at Rey Pastor Building at  UC3M: The exposition includes 5 poster, a booth, a video, one experiment to play with the Lorentz force and some hardware elements like an electrodynamic tether.
  • November 4, 2019: Article in Scientific America  about TEPCE, a challenging mission by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, mentions the E.T.PACK project:

  • E.T.PACK Team celebrates the second Project Meeting in IKTS Fraunhofer, September 26th-27th,2019.
  • The VenetoNight: Researcher’s Night took place at the University of Padova (UniPD) and other universities in the region on September 27th, 2019. The event goes on for a full day till late evening in the historical courtyard of the universities with stands from different departments of UniPD. The event has a wide attendance from the general public; Padova is an old University town with 62000 students. The video of E.T.PACK was projected continually on TV screens at the stand of UniPD–CISAS. 
  • UC3M hosts the International Conference on Tethers in Space (TiS 2019 12-14 June). This conference is a great opportunity for sharing the last advances in tether technology and bring together space tether community, including researchers, space agencies and industry. Visit the website of the conference at
Participants of the Sixth International Conference on Tethers in Space
  • Pedro Duque, Spanish Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Marina Grossi, daughter of one of the fathers of the electrodynamic tether concept Mario Grossi, and Juan Jose Vaquero, UC3M Vice Chancellor of Science Policy, joined the Conference Dinner of the International Conference on tethers in Space hosted by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid from 12-14 June, 2019.
Marina Grossi (left), Pedro Duque (center), and Juan José Vaquero (right) at the Sixth International Conference on Tethers in Space.
  • E.T.PACK team has attended the EIC Pathfinder Event that took place on 19 June in Bucharest and is co-organised by the European Commission and the Romanian Presidency as part of the Innovative Enterprise Week series of events.
SENER E.T.PACK leader Lorenzo Tarabini (left), E.T.PACK Project Officer Adriana Godeanu (center), and E.T.PACK Coordinator Gonzalo Sánchez-Arriaga (right) at EIC Pathfinder Event, June, 2019