While there are well over 20,000 trackable pieces of space debris, what also concerns the Space Force is the number of smaller objects (such as screws or flecks of paint) that would not be able to be tracked.
Industry representatives have more generally pointed to the rise of large-scale satellite constellations as another potential threat in mitigating space debris, as SpaceX’s Starlink constellation alone has produced several near-misses in recent months.
“Our goal through Orbital Prime,” Thompson said, “is to partner with innovative minds in industry, academia and research institutions to advance and apply state of the art technology and operating concepts in the areas of debris mitigation and removal.”
Comment: I have been fascinated of late with surveys that indicate that a large number of Americans do not grasp the fact that the Space Force is a real and growing part of the armed forces. pl