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Date(s) - 11/04/2016
7:10 pm - 8:30 pm

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Viscount Suite Hotel

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The following are just a few of the highlights from Al ‘s presentation on Orbital Debris.

Definitions
1) Orbital debris: Any human-made litter in orbit, including inactive satellites; rocket stages;  & fragments created by collisions, explosions, & normal operations.
2) Orbital debris mitigation: Any technology or technique used to keep spacecraft from becoming debris. Ex: Whipple shielding, post-mission automated deorbiting mechanisms, etc.
3) Orbital debris remediation: Any technology or technique used to remove, repurpose, or rehabilitate debris, ie, “Cleanup.”  Ex: active debris removal (ADR) or re-fueling/repair/recycling via on-orbit servicing (OOS).

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The Grim Truth

Eventually all consumers of government-provided & commercially provided satellite services will have to pay for orbital debris cleanup, and the longer we wait, the more expensive it will be.

Bottom line: Pay now or pay MORE later.

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The longer we wait, the harder & more expensive (i.e. hundreds of billions $) it will be to safeguard our satellites, our human-inhabited spacecraft, & our modern way of life!

Definitions

1) Orbital debris: Any human-made litter in orbit, including inactive satellites; rocket stages;  & fragments created by collisions, explosions, & normal operations.

2) Orbital debris mitigation: Any technology or technique used to keep spacecraft from becoming debris. Ex: Whipple shielding, post-mission automated deorbiting mechanisms, etc.

3) Orbital debris remediation: Any technology or technique used to remove, repurpose, or rehabilitate debris, ie, “Cleanup.”  Ex: active debris removal (ADR) or re-fueling/repair/recycling via on-orbit servicing (OOS). Definitions
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1) Orbital debris: Any human-made litter in orbit, including inactive satellites; rocket stages;  & fragments created by collisions, explosions, & normal operations.

2) Orbital debris mitigation: Any technology or technique used to keep spacecraft from becoming debris. Ex: Whipple shielding, post-mission automated deorbiting mechanisms, etc.

3) Orbital debris remediation: Any technology or technique used to remove, repurpose, or rehabilitate debris, ie, “Cleanup.”  Ex: active debris removal (ADR) or re-fueling/repair/recycling via on-orbit servicing.

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An International Orbital Debris Convention could formulate protective provisions for orbital debris salvage, analogous to the 1989 International (Maritime) Convention on Salvage, which codifies  monetary awards for any salvor who voluntarily preserves at sea any vessel, cargo, freight, or other recognized salvage from danger.