US National Orbital Debris Implementation Plan is an RFP for ruminants

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The White House National Science and Technology Council issued a leaf-eater’s assessment of the threat of orbital debris that is full of good advice and sound judgment if current activity in low Earth orbit is no cause for alarm.

But if the current trends, especially in certain orbital shells, are pushing the risk of collision to worrisome levels, then the “National Orbital Debris Implementation Plan” issued July 28, which calls for multiple studies and R&D work, is a pailful of cud. In that case . . .

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