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Surrey Flight of a De-orbit Sail to Support Space Sustainability

Space debris is becoming an increasingly worrying problem for the space industry. Many space-faring nations are taking seriously their responsibility for the stewardship of the space environment and are implementing measures that follow the guidelines of the United Nations' Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). In the U.S., NASA adopted a policy to control the generation of orbital debris. Satellite operators are considering various methods, such as de-orbit sails and tethers, as a way to bring inactive low-Earth-orbit satellites into lower orbits for eventual burn-up in Earth’s atmosphere.

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19 June 20140 Comments0 Comments