[SpaceProgram] We’ve Already Passed the Tipping Point for Orbital Debris - IEEE Spectrum

Matt Johnson railmeat at gmail.com
Tue Oct 2 16:49:49 CEST 2012

I think the typical human behavior has been to move on to a new area
once one becomes polluted. I am not sure how that would work in near
earth orbit.

Here is an article from 2/12 about a Swiss university effort to use a
picosatellite to remove an older picosatellite:
http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2032/1 This is an 11 million
dollar effort so a bit too expensive for SpaceGAMBIT, but it is an
interesting and useful idea and a lot cheaper then most things in

Matt Johnson

On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 3:23 AM, Jerry Isdale <isdale at gmail.com> wrote:
> http://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/satellites/weve-already-passed-the-tipping-point-for-orbital-debris
> Interesting article from IEEE - although we are not seeing the major fallout
> from this overpopulation yet, the effects will rise as time goes on.
> Perhaps some of our (SpaceGAMBIT) relatively near term effort could be on
> addressing this problem.  We need to clean up our local area before we go
> off trashing the rest of the solar system, and galaxy!
> Jerry Isdale
> isdale at gmail.com
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