JAXA -宇宙航空研究開発機構-

Consolidated Space Tracking and Data Acquisition Department

Business Overview

R&D: Space Debris

  • Space debris refers collectively to space objects which orbit around the earth such as satellites of which operational life is over and parts of launch vehicles.
  • Even a small piece of space debris is orbiting around the earth at a very high speed (3-7 km/s or more). They therefore have a potential power to destroy a satellite when they collide with one. Some of the debris re-enter the earth's atmosphere.
  • STCC is committed to making improvements in space debris analysis capability including collecting their orbit data, developing maneuver plans for JAXA-owned satellites to avoid collisions with them, and conducting re-entry analyses.