Sending Office: Honorable Grace Meng
Co-Sponsor the “Space Debris Removal Act”
Make Low-Earth Orbit Usable for the Next Generation
Space is getting crowded. The amount of man-made debris orbiting Earth (non-functional spacecraft, abandoned launch vehicles, mission debris, etc.) grows every year, disrupting our satellites and putting astronauts in harm’s way. If current trends in space
junk continue, low-earth orbit could become unusable for future satellites and missions. To combat this problem, I have introduced the “Space Debris Removal Act” and invite you to join me as a co-sponsor.
51 U.S.C. 31501 already requires NASA to “take steps to develop or acquire technologies…to decrease the risks associated with orbital debris.” The Space Debris Removal Act simply amends 51 U.S.C. 31501 to require the pursuit of space debris removal technologies
alongside existing mitigation technologies. This bill imposes no removal requirement or cost on the federal government or private industry, it only requires that space debris removal become an official component of NASA’s space policy.
According to the 2015 Space Report prepared by the Space Foundation, the space economy doubled over the past decade and generated $330 billion in 2014 alone. It is imperative that we protect the incredible resource that space has become, and allow future
generations to benefit from it in the same ways we have. If you have any questions about this legislation, or wish to join as a co-sponsor, please do not hesitate to contact me. Your staff may contact David Bagby of my staff at email@example.com
or (202) 225-2601.
Member of Congress
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