The young Space Nation Asgardia places a strong emphasis on the standing issues of near-Earth space. With contribution from the world’s largest media, its call is unlikely to go unanswered. Daily Express, for example, has published an article on space debris that Head of Nation, Dr Igor Ashurbeyli, is known to focus a lot on
Space Debris Poses CATASTROPHIC ‘Global Disaster’ is the headline of the article by Daily Express that talks about this very important problem that conventional states still aren’t paying sufficient attention to, while the Space Nation speaks out.
“Dr Igor Ashurbeyli, who founded the Asgardia space nation, has pointed out that the satellites which operate mobile phone systems, televisions, radio signals, aeroplanes, electricity grids, street lights, pipelines and other vital infrastructure services are all under threat from a collision from space debris,” Daily Express writes. “He has urged world governments to take the issue far more seriously or face a potential global disaster. The problem of space debris was immortalised in the film Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock where the two play astronauts trapped in orbit after a blown up satellite destroys their Apollo craft.”
As of January 2019, more than 128 million bits of debris smaller than 1 cm (0.4 in), about 900,000 pieces of debris 1–10 cm, and around 34,000 of pieces larger than 10 cm were estimated to be in orbit around the Earth.
One of the pieces is a hammer dropped by an astronaut which is travelling around the world at more than 17,500 miles an hour.
Smaller pieces can have the bigger impact than a bullet if they hit people or objects in space while larger items can have a massive impact.
Dr Ashurbeyli said: “Given our ever-growing reliance on orbiting technology, ensuring the lifetime safety of flight for satellites and future astronauts is now more important than ever because, if left unchecked, the dangers posed by space debris will rise exponentially.
“A cascading debris event - the spontaneous timing of which is wholly unpredictable by its nature - could have a devastating effect on the space infrastructure we have come to rely on so much.
“Our technological and commercial futures are at stake and the onus is on the whole space community to ensure the mess we’ve created on Earth isn’t replicated in orbit around our planet. Ultimately, safety in space is key for all operators and so far remedial actions are not being agreed or put in place anything like as quickly as they should be.”