Orbital Space Debris: Recent Events, Research and Policy

Space debris has been a topic of conversation since a 2021 OODA Network member monthly conversation, when Leo Labs, a global, ground-based radar to track space junk business model was discussed in the context of the Russian anti-satellite [ASAT] test which broke up their Cosmos 1408 satellite, resulting in an in orbit, debris-generating event that put the International Space Station at risk.

This post is an update on recent space debris events and headlines and ongoing research efforts and U.S.-based policy proposals.