Responsibility, Liability, and Orbital Debris Mitigation Issues
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As noted in Chap. 1 the amount of space debris in Earth orbit has been increasing, particularly as a result of the intentional destruction of space objects and recent accidents. The most significant causes of new debris generation in recent years has been the collision of the Russian Cosmos 2251 and the Iridium 33 satellite, the missile destruction of a defunct Chinese meteorological satellite, and, most recently, the encounter between an Ecuadorian small satellite and space debris.