Removing orbital debris with lasers

@article{Phipps2012RemovingOD,
  title={Removing orbital debris with lasers},
  author={C. Phipps and K. Baker and B. Bradford and E. George and S. B. Libby and D. Liedahl and Bogdan Marcovici and S. Olivier and L. Pleasance and J. Reilly and A. Rubenchik and David N. Strafford and M. Valley},
  journal={Advances in Space Research},
  year={2012},
  volume={49},
  pages={1283-1300}
}
Abstract Orbital debris in low Earth orbit (LEO) are now sufficiently dense that the use of LEO space is threatened by runaway collision cascading. A problem predicted more than thirty years ago, the threat from debris larger than about 1 cm demands serious attention. A promising proposed solution uses a high power pulsed laser system on the Earth to make plasma jets on the objects, slowing them slightly, and causing them to re-enter and burn up in the atmosphere. In this paper, we reassess… Expand
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