Space Debris

The Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (CORDS) was established in 1997 to focus the corporations research and technology applications in the areas of space debris, collision avoidance, and reentry breakup.

CORDS addresses the issues of space debris and space traffic management by developing tools and techniques that will analyze potential collision scenarios, study reentry breakups of upper stages and spacecraft and model debris objects in space. These efforts are critical given the predicted population growth in launch efforts and LEO satellite constellations.

The CORDS Reentry Database documents objects and payloads that have reentered earths atmosphere since 2000.Explore the reentry database hereand review our website to learn more.

Space Debris and Space Traffic Management

Decades of space travel have resulted in a large amount of space debris that can be harmful to todays satellites. Aerospace is addressing the issue of space debris and space traffic management by developing tools for analyzing potential collisions, studying reentry breakups, and modeling debris objects in space.

Some believe theres no such thing as an unlucky persononly bad decisions. Tell that to Lottie Williams, the only person in the world to be hit by falling space junkthrough no fault of her own. Lottie had probably wondered: Why am I the only person in the world to get hit by space junk?

The similarities between meteors and human-made reentries can be significant and often lead to confusion. Aerospaces CORDS has created a quick guide to help you determine whether you saw a meteor or the reentry of a human-made object.

A piece of space debris the size of a blueberry can create the impact of a falling anvil. Heres everything else you need to know about space debris.

Marlon Sorge is a principal engineer for the Space Innovation Directorate of The Aerospace Corporation.

Dr. William Ailor is a Technical Fellow with the Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (CORDS) at The Aerospace Corporation.

, Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies; ETG Southwest Regional Office

Ted Muelhaupt is the principal director of Aerospaces Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (CORDS).

Dr. Felix R. Hoots is a Technical Fellow at The Aerospace Corporation.

Novel Satellite Deorbiting Method Can Help Mitigate Space Debris Crisis

The solution may already be onboard according to Aerospace scientists and engineers

A Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (CORDS) expert answers questions about the 21-metric-ton rocket body expected to reenter Earths atmosphere this weekend.

The Value of Space Summit: Understanding Spaces Critical Role

Hosted by The Aerospace Corporation and the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Space ISAC), the event focused on the most pressing challenges and opportunities for space operations.

Firefighters Battle to Save Mt. Wilson Observatory from California Wildfire

Aerospaces MAFIOT Project is among the major space observation programs located in the Mt. Wilson Observatory that were recently threatened by the Bobcat wildfire.

The NEO Deflection App, created by Aerospace in partnership with NASA/JPL, is a science-based tool that uses physics and orbital mechanics to let you save the planet.

Artificial Intelligence Takes on Asteroids

A 25-meter asteroid could devastate an area of Earth the size of Manhattan. Heres how Aerospace developed artificial intelligence to help make sure that doesnt happen.

Creating a Path Through Contested Space

Innovative approaches to space traffic management are helping reduce the risk of orbital collisions while reducing the burden of tracking space assets.

Space Debris and Space Traffic Management

Decades of space travel have resulted in a large amount of space debris that can be harmful to todays satellites. Aerospace is addressing the issue of space debris and space traffic management by de…

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