The world needs space junk standards, G7 nations agree

Jul 29, 2021
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These are really good news: NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) are making partnership for several projects.

In the US both NASA and the U.S. Space Force tracks space debris, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration monitor space weather, Planetary Defense Coordination Office coordinates the search for potentially hazardous asteroids and other near-Earth objects (NEOs). The European Space Agency (ESA) has pulled all these activities together under the umbrella of its Space Situational Awareness program. The key should be in collecting all the data together and handling it with the help of Data Science methods.

We are already there with ~ 22,000 pieces of junk flying over our planet. As far as I know, there was never anything done on that. This is only a visible part of the iceberg.

Starlink is to send more satellites, than any piece is already orbiting Earth.

The first steps may seem bizarre. ESA announced robot-junk-remover test launch till 2025
There is activity increase in this field (from private companies as well). Overcoming steps should also be a regular process.
And more countries with national or private engagement are on the issue.
Well done also for the tendency of reliable private companies, sending surveillance satellites.

Together with Earth protection in terms of surveillance this approach is long asserted. We are already endangered by orbital junk, new technologies are about not to make the situation worse, but to stabilize and step forward.
 
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