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Top Tech: Scaling Back Space Debris

Top Tech: Scaling Back Space Debris

Low Earth orbit is the region of space within 2,000 kilometers of the Earth’s surface. It is the most concentrated area for orbital debris. (NASA courtesy photo/Released)
Low Earth orbit is the region of space within 2,000 kilometers of the Earth’s surface. It is the most concentrated area for orbital debris. (NASA courtesy photo/Released)

Physicists and Engineers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Plasma Physics Division and Naval Center for Space Technology have researched a technique to ‘sweep’ low Earth orbit debris from space using an active debris removal system of deployed micron-scale dust. 

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May 23, 2014


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