The U.S. government’s indecision about how to manage the space debris problem is delaying private investments and efforts to develop space cleanup businesses, says a new white paper from the consulting firm Avascent.
LaunchSpace Technologies Corp., a company developing technology to capture orbital debris, is the latest space startup to seek funding on an equity crowdfunding platform.
NASA advisor Bhavya Lal said the debris challenge is similar to the debate over how to addresss climate change.
NASA has established a working group to examine what new roles the agency can take to mitigate the growth of orbital debris and promote space sustainability.
A proposed satellite constellation would be registered in Papua New Guinea, which has not stepped up to accept specific international responsibility or liability for the activities of commercial entities it has licensed.
Saltzman: “We need to be a leader in both helping devise rules and tenets of responsible behavior in space."
SpaceNews contributor Leonard David discussed space debris and other issues with Moriba Jah, associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin, a specialist on space situational awareness, space traffic monitoring, and the hazard of orbital debris.
Launchspace Technologies continues to refine its concept for establishing one constellation of satellites to track objects in orbit and a second to collect debris over the equator.
Astroscale plans to launch the first commercial active debris removal mission, End-of-Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration in March on a Soyuz rocket operated by GK Launch Services from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
Since Germany startup Okapi:Orbits released its first space traffic management product for satellite operators, the response has been overwhelming, Kristina Nikolaus, Okapi:Orbits co-founder and managing director told SpaceNews.
Just as governments closely scrutinize medical vaccines before approving them to mitigate the risks of broad harm, they must also carefully scrutinize strategies to mitigate orbital debris risk from the upcoming increase in launch activity, particularly in LEO.
House Space Force Caucus co-chair voices concern about orbital debris, supports Commerce assuming debris-tracking role
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), a co-chair of the recently established House Space Force Caucus, said Oct. 28 that orbital debris is a major threat to a prosperous space economy and that better space situational awareness is crucial to protecting the sector.
Launchspace Technologies Corp. announced a contract Oct. 28 with Airbus to test its Orbital Debris Collection and Spacecraft Shielding payload for 12 months on the Bartolomeo platform on the International Space Station.
While launch providers are doing a better job at disposing of upper stages left behind in orbit, rocket bodies still constitute the most dangerous pieces of orbital debris.
The 18th Space Control Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base is now providing “more meaningful” data on approximately 25,000 space objects.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is not a space agency, but many of its actions have shaping impacts on what happens in space.
The National Space Council is in discussions with the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies about new orbital debris mitigation regulations after the FCC deferred a decision last month on a controversial set of measures.
Join SpaceNews staff writers Jeff Foust and Caleb Henry for a panel discussion on the FCC's 5G and orbital debris actions and where the independent agency fits into space policy efforts by the Trump administration and Congress.