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Costs and benefits of space debris mitigation

Neish, Michael J. 1, Goka, Tateo1
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Publishing year2001 PublisherESA Publishing typeConference Name of conference3rd European Conference on Space Debris
Pagesn/a Volume
H. Lacoste


We have conducted a series of simulations of several low-Earth orbit (LEO) missions to examine the cost effect of a growing debris population for several different mitigation scenarios. By comparing the best and worst of these, we find that it is cost-effective to raise mission costs by about 1-1.5% now, and still save money by reducing mission costs in the long run. This compares with 3-4% according to an earlier estimate by Greenberg and Reynolds. We have also made a simple calculation of the cost of end of life (EOL) orbit-raising of geostationary (GEO) satellites.