‘Slash the Trash’: A Formula For Curbing Orbital Debris

Artist's concept of space trash.
Credit: Aerospace Corp.
HOUSTON—As the commercial space market grows, how can industry incentivize efforts to clean up orbital debris? In early 2020, NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office placed the populations of orbital debris larger than 10 cm (4 in.) at 23,000, between 1 and 10 cm at 500,000 and exceeding 1 mm at 100...

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