When each of the thousands of satellites in tomorrow’s immense orbital internet swarms fall back to Earth, as they inevitably must, some of the debris might not burn up entirely before reaching the altitudes plied by airlines and militaries. Space safety engineers tell Paul Marks that a serious collision risk is brewing — and a vigorous search for solutions is necessary, right now.
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We all know space debris leads to more danger of collisions in space, but have you thought about what happens when debris falls through the atmosphere? With increasing numbers of new entrants and large constellations, there may be a need to protect against falling debris, especially for aircraft. Join Aerospace expert Dr. William Ailor as he talks to Dr. Michael Kezirian (University of Southern California) and Sven Kaltenhaeuser (German Aerospace Center, DLR) about protecting Earth’s airspace.
It is Time to Implement Mitigation Strategies to Protect the Airspace from Space Debris