TRASH

 

Space debris is a growing problem with no current solution. All sizes of debris can be fatal for any mission due to the high orbital speeds, up to 17,000 MPH in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Some of the most dense debris clusters can be found in the 800 to 1,000 kilometer range above earth’s surface. We are on the verge of Kessler Syndrome, the scenario of space debris becoming so dense that collisions of debris are imminent and each collision creates more debris to collide with. Such a scenario could hamper space exploration or even the use of satellites for future generations. To help solve this problem we designed a spacecraft and repeatable space mission, Trash Removal and Abatement in Space Heavens (TRASH). Each TRASH mission can de-orbit 5 large pieces of debris. These larger pieces, greater than 10cm in size, are the most susceptible to trigger the cascade of Kessler syndrome. The mission is cost effective to be repeated multiple times, increasing the impact of debris removal.