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Think out of the Box : Space Debris... by V. Kabbilaash Kumar

Since it’s an immense pleasure for me to join in omspace team and work for the team. i had always thought of working in space field. there is numerous of opportunities and various fields to explore in these areas . as a aerospace student we have been taught about space but didn’t got any experience to feel how the stuff works in space. so it will be a good idea if we practically learn stuffs from the space field rather than be bookish. so for the people who are doing intern can be explored and enhanced with practical stuff on how thing works and also to learn many things about propulsion and technical things related to rockets . also we would like to connect and get experiences from the eminent peoples from various government organizations for understanding how the things work in these government sectors and what arre the skills we can learn from these organizations. the main thing as a motive i wanted to currently address in the field which we are working for. so i decide to go through some sources in the cubesat’s there is lot constraint and problems going through this. some of the problems which are addressed in this field are as listed bleow

  1. Because of their size the satellites themselves can be difficult to track, and they are frequently not maneuverable. at the same time, because they are intentionally designed to be low in cost, most of these satellites have limited or no redundancy and only marginal reliability. many of these systems become orbital debris shortly after they are launched

  2. cubesats’ small size is a plus, because they simply contain less material that could be transformed into spacecraft-threatening debris. they also represent a new challenge to maintaining a sustainable environment.

  3. the modeling of the large constellations of cubesats is inadequate,” he adds, referring to computer simulations used to predict and analyze potential technical problems.

  4. cubesats are highly vulnerable to much smaller debris, with collisions resulting in even more nontrackable debris and potentially contributing to cascading within the constellation as well as with any nearby large constellation.

  5. cubesats are now relatively hard to track and conclusively identify. often deployed in clusters, most lack distinguishing features and have limited or no maneuverability to actively avoid collisions, cubesats are being launched by countries that may not have much national regulation or oversight in place. The identification challenge is more pressing than the tracking one—although the two are interlinked. a 10-centimeter cubesat is trackable with existing sensor networks but if you dump dozens of them out at the same time, it can be really tough to tell which one is which.”


some ideas as from sources and further to work on these topics as mentioned below

already exist for minimizing debris risks from the proliferation of cubesats

  • encouraging the use of orbital altitudes and inclinations that decrease the chance of collisions with the international space station and other high-value facilities.

—identifying the best methods for reducing cubesat orbital lifetimes.

—adding beacons, transponders or corner reflectors to each spacecraft so they become easier to track.

To reduce the space debris by identifying the huge point location and collect them.

So cubesat debris and sustainable environment both should be not disturbed in any terms and more ideas and innovations can be brough in these 2 sectors to keep them safe and hazard free.


By V. Kabbilaash Kumar,

Team member OSRE


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