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Aerospace, Volume 5, Issue 2 (June 2018) – 34 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The Earth environment contains a large number of artificially made objects, such as operational [...] Read more. The Earth environment contains a large number of artificially made objects, such as operational satellites and non-functional objects. The latter are called space debris that consist for example of non-operational satellites, rocket upper stages, or objects resulting due to collisions or explosions. The illustration is quantitatively showing the space debris environment (modelled by the Institute of Space Systems at TU Braunschweig), whereas the high density of objects within the low Earth orbit (LEO) is visible. Furthermore, the circular geostationary orbit (GEO) can be identified. Approximately 19,000 traceable objects are catalogued (minimum diameter of 5–10 cm). Nevertheless, the space debris environment consists of millions of smaller objects. Space debris mitigation guidelines shall effect a decrease of the growing rate and actual research aims to actively remove space debris.View Paper here.