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Novel Satellite Deorbiting Method Can Help Mitigate Space Debris Crisis
The Li-Ion Battery Deorbiter will activate thermal runaway in a controlled manner and utilize the red-hot gasses produced to generate thrust to deorbit. (Credit: Aerospace Corporation)

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (Aerospace Corporation PR) — The population of satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) is expected to rapidly rise over the next decade, adding to those already present. Accompanying this increase of satellites is a higher risk of space junk-forming collisions between active satellites, inactive satellites or other space debris. This increased collision risk is a concern previously highlighted by The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy.

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  • September 2, 2021