Accession Number:

ADA453419

Title:

Orbital Debris: Technical and Legal Issues and Solutions

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

MCGILL UNIV MONTREAL (QUEBEC)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

121.0

Abstract:

This thesis examines the current technological and legal issues concerning orbital debris space debris. The unique physical characteristics of the space environment are identified and explained. The thesis then explores the causes of orbital debris and examines the risk posed by debris to the most frequently used orbital areas. Significant environmental, legal, political, and economic consequences of orbital debris are described. The current technical and legal controls on the creation of debris are discussed and evaluated. Finally, proposed solutions are considered and critiqued. The thesis concludes with a non-binding treaty-based proposal for a new legal debris control regime that can encourage compliance and enhance accountability.

Subject Categories:

  • Astronautics
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE