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Threat of space debris collisions on the rise

Posted on Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 | Comment icon 27 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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Top experts from across the globe are meeting to discuss ways to curb the amount of debris in orbit.

Scientists estimate that there could be as many as 29,000 objects larger than 10cm, 670,000 objects larger than 1cm and 170 million objects larger than 1mm in orbit around the Earth. Due to the speed at which these objects are traveling even a collision with a small item of debris could irreparably damage a satellite or spacecraft while a collision with one of the larger pieces would prove catastrophic.

"Space debris mitigation measures, if properly implemented by satellite designers and mission operators, can curtail the growth rate of the debris population," said Heiner Klinkrad who head's ESA Space Debris Office. "Active debris removal, however, has been shown to be necessary to reverse the debris increase."

"The continuing growth in space debris poses an increasing threat to economically vital orbital regions."

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Comment icon #18 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 23 April, 2013, 20:04
it's worth the tries but also space debris is always a risk but with that i am not saying that we shouldn't prevent or find ways either you know.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Hazzard on 23 April, 2013, 20:32
It doesnt seem to be a shortage of ideas though,... http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/9-concepts-cleaning-space-junk.html
Comment icon #20 Posted by pallidin on 23 April, 2013, 21:13
Sounds like this is an increasing concern with officials. Hope they can figure out a reasonable solution.
Comment icon #21 Posted by chopmo on 23 April, 2013, 23:58
I wonder if I'm going to have to pay a tax on this as well because we littered space I wonder if space travel did disturb the natural flow that keeps it away from earth? (It's not what I'm banking on but just a curious idea, I'm not really a space person )
Comment icon #22 Posted by danielost on 24 April, 2013, 18:07
There was a tv comedy based on removing trash from orbit. Has anyone seen my broom.
Comment icon #23 Posted by kwin on 25 April, 2013, 3:08
"Scientists estimate that there could be as many as 29,000 objects larger than 10cm, 670,000 objects larger than 1cm and 170 million objects larger than 1mm in orbit around the Earth. Anyone need a good used 5 mi long bridge?
Comment icon #24 Posted by Frank Merton on 25 April, 2013, 3:21
Maybe that's why we haven't been visited by aliens -- by the time they have the technology to get here they've so cluttered their own solar system with debris they can't.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Zeta Reticulum on 25 April, 2013, 8:22
Maybe that's why we haven't been visited by aliens -- Maybe we have
Comment icon #26 Posted by Zerocoder on 25 April, 2013, 13:23
we destroy our planet with ****, now our solar system? Kinda funny
Comment icon #27 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 26 April, 2013, 13:07
A space bulldozer?


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