Accession Number : ADA497909


Title :   Eliminating Space Debris: Applied Technology and Policy Prescriptions, Fall 2007 - Project 07-02


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep-Dec 2007


Corporate Author : GLOBAL INNOVATION AND STRATEGY CENTER OMAHA NE INTERN PROGRAM


Personal Author(s) : Brower, Jared ; Cook, Stehanie ; Dae, Edward ; Koch, Josh ; Miller, Miller ; Silva, Stephanie ; Johnson, Kevin ; Hudson, II, John G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a497909.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 139


Abstract : Communications, global commerce and national defense are highly dependent on satellite constellations. This report details how space debris threatens valuable space-based technology essential to these critical areas. Objects in lower earth orbit (LEO) pose the greatest immediate threat to space-based assets. This paper focuses on all sizes of debris found in LEO. What follows is a comprehensive analysis of the problem of space debris, specifically targeting policies that facilitate debris elimination. Within LEO's 2,000 kilometer altitude from earth's surface, tens of millions of pieces of space debris exist. While many larger pieces can be tracked and avoided, smaller pieces cannot. This unseen threat exemplifies the need for improvements in both space situational awareness and debris cataloguing. The space debris problem has been acknowledged by world bodies (United Nations) and global players alike (commercial interests and individual nation-states). Consequently, it can be argued that 50 years of space environmental utilization has brought clarity to space-faring entities.


Descriptors :   *DEBRIS , *SPACE ENVIRONMENTS , *EARTH ORBITS , COMMERCE , THREATS , VALUE , EARTH SURFACE , GENERATORS , UNITED NATIONS , NATIONAL DEFENSE , SPACE BASED , POLICIES , SATELLITE CONSTELLATIONS , ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS , GLOBAL


Subject Categories : Astrophysics
      Celestial Mechanics
      Astronautics
      Solid Wastes Pollution and Control


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE