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Bulletin 172 (4th quarter 2017)
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BR-338 Detecting Space Hazards
Published : December 2017
Type : Bochure, 16 pages
Editor(s) : K. Fletcher
Issue : BR-338
ISBN : 978-92-9221-106-6
ESA BR-338 Detecting Space Hazards
 
22 January 2018

Space is the source of a variety of hazards that can affect satellites in orbit and infrastructure on Earth. There are three main threats: collisions between space debris and satellites; ‘space weather’ generated by the Sun; and potential strikes by natural objects, such as asteroids, that cross Earth´s path. ESA´s Space Situational Awareness programme aims to develop a European system that can inform us about the threats and risks we may expect from space, helping us develop safer, better ways of exploring and exploiting space in a sustainable way.

This brochure discusses the hazards and the systems already in place and under development for responding to them.

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