Our unique technology presents a solution to the global environmental threat of space debris 1-10 cm

At PACA Space Debris, we believe in a better world. Mankind’s early hopes for space exploration have left our skies full of trash. Before our dreams about space can come to fruition, we must deal with the pollution we have created. To fulfill this need, PACA was created to serve as an instrument of change in this era of growth. It is astonishing to see the extent to which Low Earth Orbit is filled with man-made objects. Space is vast, but objects in orbit around the Earth tend to stay there for centuries. And if enough junk builds up in a critical orbit, a single collision event can precipitate a chain reaction of collisions which will eventually render the orbit unusable.

Thus far, NASA and other agencies keep spacecraft such as the International Space Station away from space debris by constantly maneuvering whenever debris comes close. At the cost of $20 million per maneuver, this is an expensive reactive approach which does nothing to actually solve the problem. The fact is that debris needs to be removed from space in order to clear a pathway for the present and future. Furthermore, it is the small debris which pose the greatest threat to spacecraft today – because there are 600,000 pieces of 1-10cm debris in orbit, each of which has the explosive energy of a hand grenade upon impact with a satellite. It is PACA’s mission to safely de-orbit the 1-10cm sized debris.

So PACA was born to help engage people around the world in the activity of space debris cleanup. They are our skies, and no one will help save the planet from a future of debris belts and planet-lock unless we find a way. Our goal is to inspire nations and international audiences to come together in friendship to help save our planet. If you are someone who believes that humanity has a future or a destiny that transcends this planet, we need you. If you believe that cell phones, ATM machines, GPS, and Satellite TV serve a useful purpose to people around the world, then you must surely agree with what we are doing to secure space access for future generations.

We are working at the grass-roots level to help develop an international consciousness about the need for space debris cleanup. We also have among us scientists and engineers who have ideas on how to build devices which will de-orbit much of the debris already present in space. What we need are champions, supporters who can bring this issue to awareness within their local governments. We want to bring about change, and we need to develop a network of support. We are reaching out to amateur astronomers, science-fiction enthusiasts, and students of science and engineering who want to contribute to a vision which transcends their daily reality.

To say that we would like to bring this issue before the United Nations isn’t saying enough. We need to translate our vision into action so that our world has a chance to build a peaceful future in space. To do that we need to secure the support of investors and partners. This is possible, as what we are proposing stands to benefit the companies which supply the satellites which provide telecommunication services to people around the globe. Without those satellites, there would be no business structure for those companies to prosper. It’s a win-win for everybody. Our planet, our future, our skies. Let’s remove the space junk.

We are seeking new friends and partners. If you would like to contribute, or if you simply want to learn more, email us at info@pacaspacedebris.com and we will send you information by email. Also visit our Facebook page to and follow us on Twitter. If you are a computer whiz, we need you to keep our momentum going on the internet. Visit our Links page for a list of our current collaborator websites. We’d love to add yours to our list!

And we are holding a contest for space debris ideas. We are seeking proposals from anyone who wishes to collaborate and improve PACA. In exchange, we have several prizes and are excited to offer you the chance to submit your ideas and become part of PACA. Email us at info@pacaspacedebris.com.

The PACA Space Debris Team
Orange County, California, 2013

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The crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have been directed to take evasive action to avoid space debris no less than 14 times, spending precious fuel to nudge the course of their 450-ton home. They have had to pack themselves into their cramped Soyuz lifeboat an additional three times. When China destroyed the Fengyun 1C weather satellite with a ground-launched missile in 2007, the largest cloud of space debris in history was created. Over 3200 trackable objects from Fengyun 1C were cataloged by the US military, with more than 90% of that debris still in orbit — and that’s just a small sample of the debris that is making its way around the Earth clogging up orbital paths and making things unsafe for some very expensive equipment.

The Fengyun favor was returned, unintentionally, in 2009, when the American Iridium 33 communications satellite catastrophically collided with the defunct Russian Cosmos 2251 payload module 490 miles above Siberia. Scientists determined that the debris posed a direct threat to many of their sun-synchronous satellites — those whose orbits ascend or descend over a given Earth latitude at the same mean solar time.

The loss of an occasional satellite is far from a disaster, but if China, for example, were to roll out a space laser capable of de-orbiting satellites, more than a few eyebrows would be raised. The US Air Force and NASA funded a study in the 1990s, called Orion, to determine the feasibility of building such a laser. The “laser broom,” as it came to be called, would target pieces of debris between one and ten centimeters in diameter, and could significantly alter their velocity using a 100-kilowatt infrared laser. A test device was scheduled to fly on a 2003 Space Shuttle mission, however the Columbia disaster led to several postponements. Ultimately, numerous international agreements restricting lasers in orbit limited the laser to a measurement device.

Tracking of space debris has evolved from crude catalogs and databases into sophisticated models run with powerful simulation software. But even the best models need good data, or sensor tracks. It is PACA’s mission to provide such data using cost-effective state of the art technology.

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