At PACA Space Debris, we are working to build a highly experienced team of business professionals, scientists, engineers, and contributors who will carry forward the dream of peaceful space exploration without limits. We want to undertake the greatest adventure that we imagine possible in our present world. Building the foundation for the centuries to come requires focus, dedication, and hard work. Many explorers and pioneers such as Richard Branson, Robert Bigelow, Denis Tito, and Elon Musk developing vessels and systems which could take people into space, but they all have a common need: a sky clear of debris. In this era of private industry growth and focus on space, care must be taken to prepare ourselves for the responsibilities of this new arena. If we venture into space unprepared to meet the challenges we have ourselves created by 60 years of space activity, we will not prevail and our dreams of larger scale exploration will soon be compromised. For this reason, PACA Space Debris is reaching out to entrepreneurs and inventors, as well as anyone who cares about humanity’s future in space to begin a movement for change.
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Edwards Air Force Base released the X-51A from 50,000 feet above the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range at 10:55 a.m. Pacific time. After the B-52 released the X-51A, a solid rocket booster accelerated the vehicle to about Mach 4.8 before the booster and a connecting interstage were jettisoned. The vehicle reached Mach 5.1 powered by its supersonic combustion scramjet engine, which burned all its JP-7 jet fuel. The X-51A made a controlled dive into the Pacific Ocean at the conclusion of its mission. The test fulfilled all mission objectives.
“This demonstration of a practical hypersonic scramjet engine is a historic achievement that has been years in the making,” said Darryl Davis, president, Boeing Phantom Works. “This test proves the technology has matured to the point that it opens the door to practical applications, such as advanced defense systems and more cost-effective access to space.”A Boeing X-51A WaveRider unmanned hypersonic vehicle achieved the longest air-breathing, scramjet-powered hypersonic flight in history May 1, flying for three and a half minutes on scramjet power at a top speed of Mach 5.1. The vehicle flew for a total time of more than six minutes.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 59,000 employees worldwide.
The X-51A program is a collaborative effort of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, with industry partners Boeing and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. Boeing performed program management, design and integration in Huntington Beach, Calif.
The flight was the fourth X-51A test flight completed for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. It exceeded the previous record set by the program in 2010.