Taking on one of the most important operations ever, Omega once again marked history by becoming one of the partners of the ClearSpace-1 mission. The goal of the eponymous startup is to clean up and remove space debris globally.

Cleaning up space, humanity’s next challenge
Since the beginning of the space age in the late 1950s, many spacecraft, rockets and vehicles have been launched into space. But some of these vehicles failed in their mission. They then disintegrate and their debris remains trapped in Earth’s orbit.

Over the decades, the amount of debris has increased. This allows collisions between them, thus creating more debris (obsolete satellites, rocket stages, solar panels, lug nuts, etc.). In addition to endangering operational satellites, such debris also poses a threat to the current and future state of space. To attract public attention, the ESA (European Space Agency) Space Debris Office is continuously observing this unstable phenomenon in constant motion. However, there are still some solutions to “clean it up”. Just like the company Clearspace is on a “cleaning up” mission in cooperation with Omega.

Omega and its space adventures

Raynald Aeschlimann, Chairman and CEO of Omega, with Professor Claude Nicollier, Swiss astronaut and member of the Swatch Group Board of Directors, and Luc Piguet, CEO of Clearspace.

As we know, in 1965, Omega competed with four other watch brands selected by NASA. Their goal was to develop an accurate, reliable and durable stopwatch for astronauts. And the Speedmaster itself successfully passed all the tests. After becoming the official watch of the US agency for manned space missions and extravehicular activities, it made history in 1969 after being worn by Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo mission 11, when man first walked on the moon (read our many articles on the history of the Speedmaster).

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