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Low Earth orbit space debris - sources, tracking, removal and long-term implications

Project: 
Space debris refers to artificial objects in orbit about the Earth which no longer serves a useful function. Such debris includes old satellites, non-functional spacecraft, abandoned launch vehicle stages, mission-related debris and fragmentation debris. A major risk associated with the presence of debris is the possibility of collisions with other objects. With an increase in the number of satellites being launched, the number of debris objects orbiting the Earth is expected to increase, hence becoming a potential hazard. Some of the objectives of this project would be to investigate the current state of space debris, the sources, the risk to current operational LEO satellites, tracking and removal methods, long-term implications for future satellites and possible mitigation strategies.
Node This Project Is Offered On: 
(UKZN)

Supervisor

Paulene
Govender

Co-Supervisor

Sivakumar
Venkataraman
Research Area: 
Space Physics


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