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Space Debris

Published/Hosted by Springer. ISSN (printed): 1388-3828. ISSN (electronic): 1572-9664.

Space Debris is an international journal on man-made space debris research technology and policy concerned with environmental issues resulting from the accumulation of non-functioning spacecraft and fragments of spacecraft in Earth orbit. The journal will publish peer-reviewed papers on a wide range of related subjects. These subjects will include the results of experiments which contribute to understanding the current and future space environment; descriptions of models which use natural laws and existing data to predict the environment; test results and analyses describing the hazard to spacecraft and how to decrease that hazard; hyper velocity impacts and shielding; atmospheric entry and hazard on the ground; and analyses of policy recommendations and the cost-effectiveness of policy implementation. While an understanding of the natural meteoroid environment is necessary to an understanding of the space-debris environment papers should include meteoroid analysis only to the extent that it contributes to the understanding of space debris. The goal of this journal is to provide an exchange of authoritative space-debris information among scientists engineers and policy-makers. This will ensure that scientists performing theoretical analyses have access to the latest measurements; that engineers designing spacecraft have access to the latest environment models and shielding designs; and that policy-makers have access to the most cost-effective techniques of controlling the future space-debris environment. All papers will be held to the highest standards and will be refereed by senior professionals within the space debris community as well as professionals within closely related communities such as asteroid comet planetary and meteoroid studies as well as those involved with spacecraft design and operations remote sensing cost management and policy development.

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