PACA Space Debris was founded in an era when the problem of space debris gained publicity due to its accelerated growth, a trend which was predicted 40 years ago by NASA scientists. PACA Space Debris aims to mitigate this increasing threat by the active removal of space debris using a specialized network of ground and space-based systems. Coupled with the newly emerging market for private and commercial space enterprise, this new model will ignite humanity’s efforts to protect the Low Earth Orbit environment and enable human kind’s future utilization and exploration of space.

Our company is based on the philosophy that simplicity, low-cost, and reliability can go hand in hand. By eliminating the traditional layers of management, internally, and sub-contractors, externally, we reduce our costs while speeding decision making and delivery. Likewise, by keeping the vast majority of manufacturing in house, we reduce our costs, keep tighter control of quality, and ensure a tight feedback loop between the design and manufacturing teams. And by focusing on simple, proven designs with a primary focus on reliability, we reduce the costs associated with complex systems operating at the margin.

Established in 2010 by the founder of IBR Services, LLC., PACA Space Debris is happy to announce the integration of its core team by the engagement of Philip Arun Venturelli, a senior Aerospace engineer. Through IBR’s PACA Space Debris Removal program, Philip Arun Venturelli is able to accomplish the lifelong dream for which he has previously served as a mentor and educator.

Footage from a US Senate Hearing on Space Debris: Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee. (March 20, 2013)

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.

Principal Engineer Philip Arun Venturelli’s Bio:

Philip Arun Venturelli is a cutting-edge systems engineer who has developed innovative applications in space and airborne electro-optic sensor / sensor-target disciplines by spearheading productive collaborations with various NASA centers.  Additionally, Philip has authored multiple NASA proposals based on patents obtained for proposed technology. He submitted a proposal to NASA Code M at the Johnson Space Center and was awarded a coveted flight opportunity to run experiments on the KC-135 aircraft.

Philip has worked for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, pioneering a variety of innovations including computer code for a major initiative for the U.S. Army and at Northrop Grumman where Philip, in a unique collaboration with the California  Institute of Technology (Caltech), developed and a one-of-a-kind robotic vehicle. Philip also worked at the Naval Research Laboratories, and the US Naval Observatory on research related to astrodynamics and optics. He has won multiple grants from Caltech and the NSF for research, technology, and entrepreneurial development. He has attained patents, developed a series of peer-reviewed papers and he has conducted presentations around the world in areas involving gravitational physics, robotics, remote sensing, and control and dynamics.

Philip holds a B.S. in Physics from Caltech.

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In a historical overview written in early 2009, Kessler summed up the Space Debris situation bluntly:

Aggressive space activities without adequate safeguards could significantly shorten the time between collisions and  produce an intolerable hazard to future spacecraft. Some of the most environmentally dangerous activities in space  include large constellations such as those initially proposed by the Strategic Defense Initiative in the mid-1980s, large  structures such as those considered in the late-1970s for building solar power stations in Earth orbit, and anti-satellite  warfare using systems tested by the USSR, the U.S., and China over the past 30 years. Such aggressive activities could set  up a situation where a single satellite failure could lead to cascading failures of many satellites in a period of time much  shorter than years.