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WorldChina's Space Debris Cleanup May Be Cover Story, Pentagon Says

06:00  12 february  2019
06:00  12 february  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Initially, the term space debris referred to the natural debris found in the solar system: asteroids, comets, and meteoroids. However, with the 1979 beginning of the NASA Orbital Debris Program

So cleaning up the debris has become a priority, and there are teams from Colorado and beyond working on Space debris , or dead satellites, may be rotating around three axes, so they are difficult to grab hold Tamara Chuang covers personal technology and local tech news for The Denver Post.

China's Space Debris Cleanup May Be Cover Story, Pentagon Says© Volker Möhrke/Corbis/Getty Images Earth and space debris seen from space.

(Bloomberg) -- China is developing sophisticated space capabilities such as “satellite inspection and repair” and debris cleanup -- “at least some of which could also function” as weapons against U.S. satellites, according to the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The increase in what’s essentially orbiting garbage that could damage or destroy a satellite “has implications for policymakers worldwide and is encouraging the development of space debris removal technology,” the agency said Monday in an unclassified publication on threats to U.S. satellites.

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Space debris encompasses both natural (meteoroid) and artificial (man-made) particles. Meteoroids are in orbit about the sun, while most artificial debris is in orbit about the Earth. Hence, the latter is more commonly referred to as orbital debris .

But “this technology is dual-use because it could be used to damage another satellite,” it said.

Of about 21,000 large objects in space that are least 10 centimeters (4 inches) in size that are tracked and cataloged in Earth’s orbit, only about 1,800 are active satellites, according to the defense agency. The rest is debris, including parts of spacecraft.

More than a third of all recorded debris is from two events: China’s use of a missile in 2007 to destroy a defunct satellite and the accidental collision between a U.S. communications satellite and a defunct Russian one in 2009.

From 1998 through 2017, the International Space Station, which is in low Earth orbit, maneuvered at least 25 times to avoid potential orbital collisions, the intelligence agency said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tony Capaccio in Washington at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Bill Faries at [email protected], Larry Liebert

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