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Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research Recruits Industrial Affiliates

Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research Recruits Industrial Affiliates

CODER encompasses not only the technology challenges of debris mitigation and remediation, but has taken on the ambitious inclusion of all disciplines that address the issues, including national policy, space law and economic modelling.
CODER encompasses not only the technology challenges of debris mitigation and remediation, but has taken on the ambitious inclusion of all disciplines that address the issues, including national policy, space law and economic modelling.

The newly formed Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research (CODER) at the University of Maryland is off to a rapid start. Collaborations with-in the industry are quickly being formed in order to create focused research projects that will hopefully lead to a better understanding of the many complex issues regarding orbital debris and its effects on the future of spaceflight as we know it.

There is little doubt that the unchecked growth and propagation of the debris will, sooner or later, lead to a loss of access to most of the popular near-Earth orbital destinations.

In fact, this situation might possibly lead to a complete loss of space access. Although near-term impacts on spaceflight will likely remain manageable, continued inaction on the part of space-faring nations assures long-term degradation of our ability to take advantage of space applications that are so important to modern commerce, economic health and national security.

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August 7, 2014


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