Holger Krag, head of the European Space Agency’s Space Debris Office, only 60 percent of all missions currently end with a successful disposal of the satellite in line with orbital debris mitigation guidelines promulgated by the United Nations. Credit: ESA video screenshot
Launchspace Technologies proposes sending Debris Collection Units with replaceable, mesh Debris Impact Pads into orbits shaped and synchronized to clean up debris as it crosses the equator, while stearing clear of satellites and debris large enough to track. Credit: a.i. solutions artist’s concept.
Susan Hagerty, Ball Aerospace staff consultant. Credit: Tom Kimmell
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Artist's concept of the European Envisat Earth observation satellite. Credit: ESA
NASA CubeSats Heading into Orbit (Artist's Concept) Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Nobu Okada, chief executive and founder of Astroscale, seen here giving a TED talk in Tokyo. TEDx Talk screen grab
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70% of all catalogued objects are in low Earth orbit, as of Oct. 4, 2008, which extends to 2000 km above the Earth's surface. Note: The debris field shown in the image is an artist's impression based on actual data. However, the debris objects are shown at an exaggerated size to make them visible at the scale shown. Credit: ESA

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