There are 500M pieces of debris the size of a marble or larger, and approximately 100M pieces about .04 inches. Despite promising technology demonstrations, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for the growing problem. A competition could seek to remove x amount of orbital debris and/or prevent orbital debris. As current fuel expenditures for debris avoidance maneuvers are increasing, innovative insurance models to clean up space debris could be of value.
Solutions may include: autonomous capability, collection of uncooperative (tumbling, high-velocity) debris, capture and reclamation of specified materials, or creation of a salvage depot in space.
We would like to learn from you:
- Is this an audacious prize competition?
- What are the innovation gaps in this area?
- What would the winning team need to do?
- What would be audacious but achievable targets?
- What is the expected impact of this prize?