It's Time to Clean Orbit

We are Clean Orbit – a nonprofit on an international mission to remediate the tragedy of the commons that is orbital debris.

We seek to unite space industry stakeholders and those who value human space activity to advocate for the restoration of Earth orbits to a sustainable environment.

Together we can ensure equal access to space for future generations.

Softball-sized debris fragments currently in orbit

Other fragments – ranging from screws to flecks of paint – number in the millions and are currently unable to be tracked.

1 million
Estimated Fragments
1 mph
Average Debris Velocity
Active Remediation Methods

Our MISSION:

Our mission is to educate the public on the orbital debris environment as a tragedy of the commons threatening the growth of human space activity. We want to advocate against the creation of additional debris through policies supporting enhanced tracking capabilities and post-mission disposal methods. Increased public support will be critical in driving efforts to develop technologies that remediate, or remove, existing junk.

Educate.


Weekly news updates and periodic articles keep the public informed on recent developments involving space debris. Sign up to be on our distribution and join the discussion on our forums.

Advocate.

Clean Orbit pursues advocacy efforts through academic research and public support. Together we can promote more effective mitigation measures, such as enhanced tracking and a reassessment of the current 25-year post-mission disposal timeline.

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Remediate.

A market ready debris removal method does not currently exist. With many organizations presently developing solutions, Clean Orbit leverages public interest to fast-track advocacy and funding for emergent remediation methods. Remediation consists of removal of debris and repair of defunct spacecraft. Click 'Take Action' and show your support!

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REMOVAL OF SPACE DEBRIS IS A PRESSING ISSUE

NASA’s internal report from the Office of the Inspector General in January of 2021 concluded that mitigation-only measures are inadequate to stabilize the debris environment in space. 

Government policies and procedures to address this issue are being continuously outpaced by increased launch activity and emergent technology.

Now is the time to act if we are to prevent disastrous collisions that would hasten the rapid growth of an orbital economy.

LET'S DISCUSS ORBITAL DEBRIS
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Defunct satellites and other material lost to orbit during routine space operations comprise the space junk in low Earth orbit (LEO).
Roughly 6,000 satellites were orbiting the Earth as of April 2020. Only 40% of these were operational.
THE ROCKET REVOLUTION
Current regulation and legal frameworks are being outpaced by advancing technology. Increased launches and satellite constellations have the potential to further crowd orbit.
KESSLER SYNDROME
Kessler Syndrome is the looming potential for congestion of space to the point it becomes inaccessible.
THE SOLUTION
A multilateral approach engaging citizens, governments, and private entities in adopting uniform best practices in debris prevention and removal.

How you can help

Interested in contributing to Clean Orbit content or joining the team? Reach out to us with a resume and tell us how you envision being part of the mission.

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