Protecting space-based assets from orbiting debris

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Space junk is becoming such a major problem that if it continues to accumulate at present rates, it will be impossible to launch anything into space in 100 years' time, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Ranging from tiny chips of paint to big parts of spent booster rockets, thousands of pieces of space debris threaten the satellites on which we depend for almost every aspect of daily life from telecommunications, weather reports, security and navigation, to information about mineral deposits.

A UWA team led by Associate Professor David Coward is part of a global effort to track space junk, using robotic astronomical telescopes, and warn the owners of satellites to alter their orbit until the threat has passed.

Period12 Apr 2010

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  • TitleProtecting space-based assets from orbiting debris
    Degree of recognitionRegional
    Media name/outletUWA News
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date12/04/10
    DescriptionSpace junk is becoming such a major problem that if it continues to accumulate at present rates, it will be impossible to launch anything into space in 100 years' time, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.

    Ranging from tiny chips of paint to big parts of spent booster rockets, thousands of pieces of space debris threaten the satellites on which we depend for almost every aspect of daily life from telecommunications, weather reports, security and navigation, to information about mineral deposits.

    A UWA team led by Associate Professor David Coward is part of a global effort to track space junk, using robotic astronomical telescopes, and warn the owners of satellites to alter their orbit until the threat has passed.
    Producer/AuthorAssoc Prof David Coward/Janine MacDonald
    URLwww.news.uwa.edu.au/201004122377/media-statements/protecting-space-based-assets-orbiting-debris
    PersonsDavid Coward