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Can Increasing Orbital Debris Hazards

April 12, 2012

Can Increasing Orbital Debris Hazards Ground LEO Satellites?

  By Philip Hattis, Ph.D., laboratory technical staff, Draper Laboratory (www.draper.com), Cambridge, Mass.   Imagine a world where low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite functions such as hurricane tracking, climate change and natural disaster monitoring or arms treaty verification were no longer viable. That could happen if we don’t eliminate orbital debris, which includes dead satellites,