The Center for Space Policy and Strategy has issued Slash the Trash – Incentivizing Deorbit, a report that offers five distinct concepts to incentivize compliance with the guideline to deorbit satellites.

According to the report’s authors, “there is likely to be a surge of satellites launched into space over the next decade, which means the risk of collisions in space will rise along with risks to the sustainability of the space environment from debris.”

 

 

This new report addresses several key questions:

How can the sustainability of the space domain be protected in a looming new era of increasingly congested space?

How can the international space community reduce these risks and make them more manageable?

Clutter in the cosmos.
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Guideline compliance

One vital method is for satellite owners and operators to voluntarily comply with the already internationally agreed-upon guideline to deorbit satellites no longer than 25 years after the end of their mission.

Concepts are outlined to incentivize compliance with the “25-year rule” and the report offers a framework for analyzing the merits of each concept. It focuses on commercial satellites in low Earth orbit but could be applied more broadly.

The Center for Space Policy and Strategy is part of The Aerospace Corporation, a nonprofit organization that advises the government on complex space enterprise and systems engineering problems.

To download your copy of Slash the Trash – Incentivizing Deorbit, go to:

https://aerospace.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/Reesman_SlashTheTrash_20200422.pdf

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