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Dirk C. Gibson
Unlike most chapters, whose content is mutually exclusive to that contained
elsewhere in the same book, there was intentional redundancy between some of the
material in this chapter and previous chapters. The reason is that both satellites and
space debris (each the subject of a previous chapter), were deemed individual and
independent risks to those residing on the Earth and spacefarers. But for the purposes of
the present chapter, both are also important factors in space saturation. In this chapter
space saturation was defined and exemplified. We learned about the linear nature of
space saturation. The constant reality of cosmic collisions was explained, exemplified
and quantified. Collisions involving space satellites, asteroids, comets, planets,
centaurs, galaxies and other space bodies were described. The past, present and future
incidence of collisions was estimated.
Air traffic control, Canadian Space Society, Center for Space
Standards and Innovation, Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004,
Deep Impact Space Probe, Demonstration of Autonomous Rendevouz
Technology, Hirayama family, International Space University, Jodrell Bank
Observatory, Kessler syndrome, Late Heavy Bombardment, Luna 15, Mishap
Investigation Board, Radarsat satellites, SpaceShip Two, space saturation, Tempel
1, WhiteKnight Two, Xinhua News Agency.
The University of New Mexico USA.