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Categories: 2017, Space Situational Awareness

Ecosystem for Near‐Earth Space Control: Methods and Systems for Permanent Debris Removal Plus Enhanced National Security Capabilities

The discovery of a cost‐effective and viable approach to the removal of dangerous low earth-orbiting (LEO) debris has led to several new and related concepts for significantly and permanently improving and protecting the near‐Earth environment, enhancing space situational awareness capabilities, protecting commercial and government constellations and increasing the resiliency of space‐based national security assets. This presentation is a fundamental introduction to what may become the new and future space program paradigm. The proposed methods and systems are novel because they are based on a fresh look at the challenge of wholesale removal of the most threatening near‐Earth orbiting debris objects. Most previously suggested solutions have required the use of extremely expensive and complex space systems in order to accomplish the removal of single debris objects. In fact, the implied complexity and expense of such approaches have prohibited actual debris removal missions. Early estimates indicate that the wholesale removal approach proposed here will cost only a small fraction of other possible options for cleaning up, sustaining the near‐Earth orbital environment and enhancing national security.

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Author: Marshall Kaplan
Topic: Space Situational Awareness

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