Environmental aspects of a satellite mission

CASE STUDY | For the European Space Agency (ESA), PRé and two other parties did an LCA on a satellite mission. Not only did we provide them with insight to help mitigate environmental impacts, we prepared them to do future LCAs themselves.

May 28, 2014



The Challenges of LCAs for Unique Products

Life cycle assessments require a tremendous amount of data. For most LCAs, sustainability experts can draw from specialised databases containing information on raw materials, semi-finished products and other key inputs in the production cycle. But the more unusual and unique a product is, the more difficult it becomes to thoroughly assess its supply chain and life cycle.


Still, it can be done. It requires creative gathering of data and implementation of metrics, and careful consideration of the unique properties of the product. The advantage is, however, that such a pioneering LCA can be used to create a product-specific database and method, making subsequent LCAs of a similar product easier.  


The Environmental Impacts Of A Satellite Mission

PRé was recently part of a consortium asked to do an LCA on a satellite mission for the European Space Agency (ESA). As one can imagine, satellites and the vehicles that carry them into space use very few mass-produced components, making this LCA a unique and interesting project.


For more information, please read the full case study.

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Marisa Vieira
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