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SpaceDebris.com is the industry’s source for the latest news, research, and developments in the realm of space debris with contributors from around the world. This website is your field guide to space debris.

 

What is space debris?


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What we’re doing about it

Historically, our best bet has been to focus on tracking debris and mitigating harm. While these tactics are effective as preventative measures against cluttering Earth orbits, there is already enough debris up there to lead to disastrous collisions. Industry and agencies are now looking more seriously at active debris removal (ADR).

U.S. Air Force’s Space Fence concept, built by Lockheed Martin, to detect debris. Credit: Lockheed Martin

U.S. Air Force’s Space Fence concept, built by Lockheed Martin, to detect debris. Credit: Lockheed Martin

tracking

The first step is to catalogue and track current debris in orbit. Surveillance networks and new tracking methods are keeping tabs on the amount of debris in orbit and their potential for considerable harm.

Hypervelocity impact on Whipple shield innermost layer. Credit: ESA

Hypervelocity impact on Whipple shield innermost layer. Credit: ESA

mitigation

Once debris can be tracked and studied, we can mitigate the harm to current space assets by planning collision avoidance correction maneuvers and wrapping special shielding around hardware.

ESA e.Deorbit system study - capturing a satellite with a net and tether. Credit: ESA

ESA e.Deorbit system study - capturing a satellite with a net and tether. Credit: ESA

removal

Representing a relatively new trend in space situational awareness, space agencies and companies are considering active debris removal techniques. There are tests being carried out both on the ground and on-orbit.

 

SAVE THE DATE

5th Annual Space Traffic Management Conference

The University of Texas-Austin and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University partner to host the 5th Annual Space Traffic Management Conference, focusing on space traffic management and US Space Policy Directive 3

26 & 27 February 2019, Austin, Texas, USA


2019 Hypervelocity Impact Symposium

A biennial, technical event organized by the Hypervelocity Impact Society that focuses on the physics of high- and hypervelocity impacts

14-19 April 2019, Destin, Florida, USA


10th International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IA ASS) Conference

“Making Safety Happen” - discussing space vehicles, space debris remediation, re-entry safety, in-orbit collision risk and more

15-17 May 2019, Los Angeles, California, USA


32nd International Symposium on Space Technology and Science

“Fly Like a Phoenix to Space” - discussing space situational awareness, reentry safety, hypervelocity impact, space law, debris risk and mitigation, international cooperation, and more

15-21 June 2019, Fukui, Japan


First International Orbital Debris Conference

Highlighting orbital debris research activities in the US and fostering international collaboration covering measurement, modeling, protection, and management

9-12 December 2019, Sugar Land, Texas, USA