Since 1957, artificial satellites and launch vehicles have created an ever growing number of orbiting debris objects, from a few microns to several meters in size. Recent developments such as the proliferation of debris from the Chinese ASAT test of 2007 and the 2009 collision of an Iridium satellite with a Russian Cosmos have raised the level of urgency to actively manage the debris situation. High anxiety is running rampant among geostationary satellite operators and low-orbiting constellation owners.
Satellite operators have a number of problems to consider as the result of the increasing orbital debris problem. For example, spacecraft may have to be replaced due to a collision and the frequency of close encounters could suddenly increase to levels that will cause increased losses and anxiety to satellite operators. Satellite insurance providers could be forced to raise premiums on in-orbit performance to record high levels. Future launch plans for low-orbiting satellites may have to be reviewed and changed. Space-based communications and observation services around the world may diminish over time. The impact on national economies and the quality of life are not even calculable.
There is a consensus of opinion that a requirement for debris population reduction is inevitable if space is to remain freely available for commercial, scientific and security applications. Recent studies of debris distribution reveal the near-term congested zone to be a spherical shell between the altitudes of roughly 600 km and 1200 km. This is where a great many operational satellites and large debris objects co-exist.
However, there is no serious program or solutions to reduce the amount of existing debris – until now.
Launchspace Technologies, the company that has helped NASA and most of the major aerospace companies with many of their launch vehicle and spacecraft programs has a patent pending, low-cost and technically feasible solution to the orbital debris problem in low Earth orbits. There are business opportunities for aerospace industry partners.
Please feel free to contact us regarding partnership opportunities for our low earth orbit (LEO) debris clearing solution or your space industry project.