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Space Debris Is A Hot Topic In D.C. This Week

By Keith Cowing
May 9, 2014
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Air Force to award ‘Space Fence’ contract to track orbital debris, Washington Post
“Hundreds of thousands of pieces of man-made debris are floating around out there, the detritus of more than 50 years of spaceflight. There have been chunks of dead satellites and spent rocket boosters — even a glove that an astronaut dropped in 1965 and a spatula that escaped from a space shuttle in 2006.”
Do We Need a Space Traffic Cop?
“There are currently three agencies that play a primary role in tracking and mitigation of orbital debris that may be hazardous to operational satellites or life and property on Earth, if the debris is large enough upon reentering the Earth’s atmosphere. The Subcommittee will explore the roles and responsibilities of the Department of Defense, FAA, and FCC in policing orbital debris, what authorities are currently granted by Congress to federal agencies, and how they coordinate these activities.”
Subcommittee Discusses Space Traffic Management
“Members raised a number of questions such as whether space traffic management requires an international approach; what liability agencies in charge of space traffic management should assume if their actions or lack thereof result in a collision and creation of debris; and what information is needed before Congress would move forward with legislation on these issues.”
Hearing Charter
Hearing: Space Traffic Management: How to Prevent a Real Life “Gravity”

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