September 30, 2022
NASA along with NASA and the US Congress are part of a chorus of voices calling for action to lessen the danger to space debris.
As the number of satellites are launched the chance of collisions - which could result in large debris clouds as did the Russian ASAT test demonstrated increase.
Just a handful of such collisions could have a significant impact on a variety of satellite-provided services like communications, navigation and forecasting, as experts have noted.
In Congress the bipartisan bill that was introduced on September 13 aims to tackle the issue with space junk.
The Orbital Stability Act is headed by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Cantwell made a statement on the lawthat "This bill will speed up technological advancement needed to eliminate the most dangerous waste.
Before it smashes into a satellite, it collides with the NASA mission or is thrown onto the ground, causing injury to anyone.
If the bill is approved, it will concentrate on advancing and demonstrating technology to remove debris and will attempt to establish a market for the services.
In the meantime, NASA announced on September 13 that it had financed three projects aimed at solving orbital debris.