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IntroductionThe international space community and even the general public is becoming increasingly aware of the problems posed by space debris In fact the ever increasing space debris is considered by many to be the single most serious risk to the safety and sustainability of global space operations as well as to human life and property on the surface of the Earth Pelton Jakhu and Sgobba 475 The ever increasing launch and deployment activities by many countries has only increased the risk There are currently hundreds of thousands of objects greater than one centimeter in diameter in Earths orbit The collision of any one of these objects with an operational satellite will obviously cause catastrophic failure of that satellite However addressing the problem has been difficult as there is confusion on what exactly constitutes space debris Klinkrad 311 The present essay address the concept of space debris its origins dangers it poses detection and possible mitigation methodsWhat constitutes space debrisEver since the first Technical report on space debris was posed in 1999 the scientific and engineering community across the world has been aware in general of the risk posed by the existing space debris to spacecraft in the Earths orbit Pelton Jakhu and Sgobba 476 However despite the efforts by several legal writers and research agencies to define the concept of space debris there is currently no internationally agreed definition or description of the term This is the biggest impediments to developing laws to effectively address the problems posed by space debris The problem of the definition probably arises due to the confusion over the literal meaning of the term debris and the need to define the scope of debris US Congress Office of Technology Assessment 27The Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee IADC defined the term space debris in 2002 as all man-made objects including fragments and elements thereof in Earth orbit or re-entering the atmosphere that are non-functional Klinkrad 1 The generally accepted
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