In Gossner's eyes, the best way to manage space junk isn't with high-tech space nets and other debris-catching technologies.


Instead, he says it's most effective to find debris, track it, alert parties about possible collisions, and make sure companies and governments can eventually de-orbit any new things they launch in a controlled way. (That way, they won't further contribute to the problem.)

For now, current tracking and warning efforts have led Gossner to believe we're not at risk of a Kessler event.

"I'm not saying we couldn't get there, and I'm not saying we don't need to be smart and manage the problem," he said. "But I don't see it ever becoming, anytime soon, an unmanageable problem."

Quelle: Business Insider