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7 Mitigation of Orbital Debris
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... Con sequently, it was concluded that the increasing accumulation of orbital mass in the form of intact spacecraft and upper stages would inevitably lead to collisions between these objects and become the dominant source of future debris.1 While there was uncertainty in when collisions would become the dominant source of debris, there was concern that at some point in the near future the rate of growth in low Earth orbit (LEO) would become irrevers ible.
From page 58...
... The only study to determine what actions would result in a stable orbital debris environment concluded that the retrieval of pre-selected objects could do so, and would be significantly helped by compliance with the 25-year rule.4 A study by both NASA and ESA has identified some alternative techniques to remove objects. 5 However, the largest activity was the "International Conference on Orbital Debris Removal" in Chantilly, Virginia, on December 8-10, 2009, sponsored by NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
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... W Pulliam, Catcher's Mitt Final Report, Tactical Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va.

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