NASA: Limiting Future Collision Risk to Spacecraft

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 1, 2011

Limiting Future Collision Risk to Spacecraft: An Assessment of NASA’s Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Programs, National Research Council, September 2011

  • See also Limiting Future Collision Risk to Spacecraft: An Assessment of NASA’s Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Programs. Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board ∙ Division on Engineering & Physical Sciences ∙ September 2011: “Rising concerns about meteoroids and orbital debris, which put spacecraft and astronauts in potential danger, have prompted decision-makers to look into strategies for lessening the hazard they pose. Derelict satellites, equipment, paint fragments and other debris orbiting Earth—also called “space junk”—have been accumulating over many decades and could significantly damage, or even possibly destroy, satellites and human spacecraft if they collide. In 2010, NASA asked the National Research Council to evaluate the programs within the agency responsible for addressing meteoroids and orbital debris. This report examines NASA’s efforts to understand the meteoroid and orbital debris environment, what NASA is and is not doing to mitigate the risks posed by this threat, and how they can improve their programs.”
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