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Rendition of Orbital Debris. Credit iStockPhoto
Credit: NASA ODPO and David Wright (UCS)
Orbital Debris in LEO, 1960-2010. Credit: NASA ODPO
2009 Iridium-Cosmos Debris Field Evolution. Credit: NASA ODPO
2007 Chinese ASAT Test Debris Field Evolution. Credit NASA OPDO / Wired Magazine
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News
Managing Orbital Debris and Space Traffic
Over the first 50 years of space flight, mission plans ended with the completion of planned in-space operations. Satellites were shut down and left in their orbits, subject to natural influences. More»
CubeSat craze could create space debris catastrophe
Tiny, cheap CubeSats are becoming an increasing danger in space. The mini-satellites could cause catastrophic collisions with larger craft, threatening to produce orbiting blizzards of space debris like those in the movie Gravity. More»
Are solar power satellites sitting ducks for orbital debris?
To meet the growing demand for terrestrial power, many space enthusiasts are promoting the idea of space solar power for terrestrial use.  Unfortunately, a fierce and growing spoiler lies in wait: orbital debris. More»
Events
Nov
18

2014 Workshop on Orbital Debris Education and Research
November 18, 2014 12:00 p.m. College Park Marriot, University of Maryland Campus More»

Oct
20

7th International Association for Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference
October 20, 2014 Friedrichshafen, Germany More»

Nov
18

2014 Workshop on Orbital Debris Education and Research
November 18, 2014 12:00 p.m. College Park Marriot, University of Maryland Campus More»