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Updates to NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris

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An update to the NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris and Evaluating the Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Environment (NPR 8715.6B) was released on February 16, 2017. NPR 8715.6B replaces the previous version, NPR 8715.6A with Change 1, which was released on  May 25, 2012.

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Updates to NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris

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An update to the NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris and Evaluating the Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Environment (NPR 8715.6B) was released on February 16, 2017. NPR 8715.6B replaces the previous version, NPR 8715.6A with Change 1, which was released on  May 25, 2012.

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Space Debris Sensor Waiting for Launch

ODQN February 2017

The February 2017 edition of Orbital Debris Quarterly News included the article "Space Debris Sensor Waiting for Launch." Continue reading for the full article. 

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NASA Monitors Perseids to Improve Meteor Forecasting

Perseids

The Perseid meteor shower, which peaks in August of each year, was twice as active in 2016 compared to other years. The Perseids are always a major shower and move at very high speeds, so monitoring is essential for the safety of NASA’s spacecraft as there is great potential for high-energy impacts. Increases in activity, like that seen this year, add additional mission risks.

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October Issue of ODQN Now Available

ODQN
The October issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News is now available, including articles on ASTRO-H spacecraft fragments during payload checkout operations, the new SOZ breakup, the disposal of GOES-3 and more.
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Project Review: MMOD Impacts Found on a Returned ISS Cover

Orbital Debris Quarterly News

The July 2016 edition of Orbital Debris Quarterly News included an article on Micrometeoroid and Orbital Debris impacts on an International Space Station cover. Continue reading for the full article. 

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Update: Orbital Debris Program Office to Procure Titan Transtage for Research

Titan Transtage

NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office is acquiring a Titan Transtage from the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group , commonly known as “The Boneyard,” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, Arizona, to conduct spectrographic inspections to better understand these historic spacecraft.

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2016's First Issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News Now Available

ODQN, April 2016 Issue

The issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News covering January through April 2016 is now available. 

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MEO Looks to Identify Parent Body of Meteor Shower

Meteor Shower

Not much is known about the Kappa Cygnid meteor shower, and NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office (MEO) is working to rectify that.

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NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office Publishes Two Manuals

MEO Technical Manuals

NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office recently released two Technical Manuals (TMs): NASA Meteoroid Engineering Model Release 2.0 (TM-2015-218214) and Lunar Impact Flash Locations (TM-2015-218213).

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Two More Collision Avoidance Maneuvers for the International Space Station

ODQN October 2015

The October 2015 issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News is now available and features the article "Two More Collision Avoidance Maneuvers for the International Space Station." Continue reading for the full article.

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Dust Study Explored Impact of Meteoroids on Solar Probe Plus Project

Solar Probe Plus

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, with the support of NASA’s Meteoroids Environments Office, conducted a dust study as a part of NASA’s Solar Probe Plus mission to explore the sun’s outer atmosphere. 

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New Issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News

ODQN July 2015

See the July issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News. 

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Orion EFT-1 Postflight MMOD Inspection

ODQN Volume 19, Issue 2, April 2015

The April 2015 issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News features the article "Orion EFT-1 Postflight MMOD Inspection." Continue reading for the full article.

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First Orbital Debris Quarterly News of 2015 Now Available

ODQN: January 2015

See the latest issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News. 

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Comet Siding Spring's Shift from Impact Hazard to Science Opportunity

Orbital Debris Quarterly News October 2014

The October 2014 issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News includes an article featuring the comet Siding Spring and the science opportunities it presents. Continue reading for the full article.

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Dr. Jer Chyi (J.-C.) Liou Is New NASA Chief Scientist for Orbital Debris

Orbital Debris Quarterly News

The July 2014 issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News included an article on Dr. Jer Chyi (J.-C.) Liou, NASA’s new chief scientist for orbital debris. Continue reading for the full article.

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New SATERN Course on Orbital Debris Is Now Available

Orbital Debris Course

Want to learn more about orbital debris? A new SATERN course, “Orbital Debris,” is available.

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April Issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News Now Available

Orbital Debris Quarterly News

Check out the recent issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News.

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March Safety Message: The Legacy of Orbital Debris

Safety Message: The Legacy of Orbital Debris

Hear Dr. Mark Matney from NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office discuss orbital debris and space safety in the March Safety Message.

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Updated: Nick Johnson, Chief Scientist of Orbital Debris, Says Goodbye to NASA

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson retired March 28, 2014, saying goodbye to NASA after 18 years as NASA's chief scientist of Orbital Debris (OD) and 10 as the OD Program Office's program manager.

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Program Announcement: ORDEM 3.0 Released

Orbital Debris Quarterly News

January's issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News featured an article on the release of NASA's Orbital Debris Engineering Model, ORDEM 3.0. Read the full article for details.

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Introducing NASA’s Meteoroid Engineering Model

Meteoroid Engineering Model

NASA developed the Meteoroid Engineering Model to mitigate the risk associated with the sporadic meteoroid environment, which can damage spacecraft.

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Characterization of the Wide Field Planetary Camera-2 Radiator’s Cored Impact Features at NASA JSC

Orbital Debris Quarterly News

The July 2013 issue of Orbital Debris Quarterly News included an article on cored impact features from the Wide Field Planetary Camera-2's radiator. Continue reading for the full article.

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