Confronting Space Debris

Strategies and Warnings from Comparable Examples Including Deepwater Horizon

Dave Baiocchi, William Welser IV

To address the increasing threats of orbital debris to the operation of man-made systems in space, the authors examined lessons learned from nine other situations that produce comparable problems: acid rain, U.S. commercial airline security, asbestos, chlorofluorocarbons, hazardous waste, oil spills, radon, email spam, and U.S. border control to provide insights and inform future policy discussions.

RAND Corporation, November 2010

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