Human-made space clutter - a problem now and into the future.

Human-made space clutter – a problem now and into the future.

An international center focused on better understanding of the issue of orbital debris has been established at the University of Maryland.

The Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research (CODER) is to look into technology, space policy and economics, as well as legal and sociological issues.

A long-term goal of CODER is the development of policies, laws and space systems “that will lead to the efficient remediation and control of space environmental pollutants,” according to a CODER brochure.

CODER will be an international clearing house for research and educational programs on the orbital debris situation.

With over 60 countries operating in space, the exponentially growing problem of orbital debris will take international collaboration and partnership to research and develop innovative solutions and strategies.

A founding faculty has been established at the University, under the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

“CODER is the first academically led center established to address the full range of issues surrounding the orbital debris problem,” said founding faculty member and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Raymond Sedwick. “Most existing organizations focus on just one aspect of the problem—tracking, modeling, remediation, mitigation, policy, etc.—but CODER will serve as a research collective to provide expertise in all of these areas.”

For detailed information on CODER, go to: www.coder.umd.edu

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