The threat to the International Space Station (ISS) and global satellites from accumulating orbital debris has reached a destructive “tipping point,” according to a Sept. 1 report issued by the National Research Council (NRC). The growing hazard, compounded by intended as well as unintended collisions, justifies additional resources for NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office, a new strategic mitigation strategy and a re-examination of restrictions that prevent any one country from sweeping ...

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