Space Debris Mitigation

  • Stella Tkatchova
Part of the Space Technology Library book series (SPTL, volume 35)


Space debris is orbital waste from satellites or space stations and is defined as all nonfunctional, man-made objects, including fragments and elements thereof in Earth orbit and those re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Man-made space debris dominates over the natural meteoroid environment, except around millimetre sizes (ESA, Space Debris 2013b). They consist of everything from the entire spent rocket stages and defunct satellites to explosion fragments, paint flakes, dust and slag from solid rocket motors, coolant released, deliberate insertion of small needles and other small particles (Smith 2007).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stella Tkatchova
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  1. 1.BrusselsBelgium

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