In June 2021 worrying news went through the worldwide media: The ISS was hit by space debris. The underlying problem has been known for decades: Since 1957 at least 9033 satellites have been launched. All in all, more than 20 000 objects larger than 10 cm freely floating around in the orbit are currently catalogued. Additionally, an estimation of 5 000 000 pieces between 1 to 10 cm size remain largely untracked. Hence, our orbits might be messier than your home office. Lilith will explain why space debris is a “public safety problem” and what we can do to clean up the mess we made in space.
The talk is presented by #MINTmagie.
TINCON Hamburg 2021 took place on 24 September as part of the Reeperbahn Festival under the conditions of the Corona regulations and the 3G rule.
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 From which most can be found in the LEO: European Space Operations Centre, ‘Space debris by the numbers’, available at: http://m.esa.int/Our_Activities/Operations/Space_Safety_Security/Space_Debris/Space_debris_by_the_numbers (accessed on 15 May 2021).
 European Space Agency, Mariano Andrenucci, Pierpaolo Pergola, A. Ruggiero ‘Active Removal of Space Debris Expanding foam application for active debris removal Final Report’
 Above that, it is quite likely that even more private stakeholders will enter into the market, as costs are significantly decreasing attracting a not negligible number of additional satellite operators,
Cf. for example: Martinez Larry F., ‘Legal regime sustainability in outer space: theory and practice’, in: Global Sustainability, Volume 2, 2019, p. 1 and Sánchez Antonio H. et al., ‘Reliability aspects of mega-constellation satellites and their impact on the space debris environment’, in: 2017 Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), 2017, 1-5
 Larsen Paul B., ‘Solving the Space Debris Crisis.’, in: Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Volume 83 no. 3, 2018, p. 475
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