Friday, May 24, 2013

Threats, big time!

Are you doing space projects? I've done a few, involved in various ways with lifter, payload, communications, range safety, and ground processing.

Now, when you do a SWOT to determine the strengths and weaknesses -- internal to the project -- and the opportunities and threats -- external to the project -- be sure to put JUNK on the threat register. Especially, space junk.

Check this out for the before/after plan:

There is an urgent need to remove orbiting space debris and to fly satellites in the future without creating new fragments, Europe’s largest-ever space-debris conference announced today.

The findings from the 6th European Conference on Space Debris were released during the concluding press briefing at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

Future space missions must be sustainable, including safe disposal when they are completed. The current levels mean that we must soon begin removing debris from orbit, with research and development urgently needed for pilot ‘cleaning’ missions.

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