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Research Center Launched to Combat Space Junk Menace

Research Center Launched to Combat Space Junk Menace

Earth orbit is a junkyard of human-made space clutter.Credit: Space Junk 3D, LLC. Melrae Picture
Earth orbit is a junkyard of human-made space clutter.
Credit: Space Junk 3D, LLC. Melrae Picture

Talk about your school of hard knocks! A newly formed international center will study satellite collisions and the countless issues regarding what to do about the menacing growth of orbital debris.

The University of Maryland's Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research (CODER) has been established to delve into the technology, policy, economic, legal and sociological issues spinning around the problem of human-made space junk.

With more than 60 countries currently operating in space, such collaborative ventures are required to research and combat the exponentially growing problem of orbital debris, researchers say.

 

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June 25, 2014


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