With thousands of new satellites due to enter orbit from 2018 onward, the federally funded Aerospace Corp. is stepping up a broad range of initiatives to mitigate the ever-growing threat of collisions with other spacecraft as well as orbital debris. The research-and-development corporation, which provides support for U.S. government and national security launches, has been at the forefront of studying the space debris and collision problem since the late 1970s; 20 years ago it established ...

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