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|Origin:||Presented at ISEC Space Elevator Conference, August 2010. Presented at Eurospaceward conference, December 2010|
|Abstract:||Space debris has become a growing concern in recent years, since collisions at orbital velocities can be highly damaging to functioning satellites and can also result into more space debris. Some spacecraft, like the International Space Station, are now armored to deal with this hazard. Armor and mitigation measures make satellites or human spaceflight vehicles like the shuttles very expensive and heavy. This paper is a semi-technical survey of the expanding literature of the subject. The paper explores the different sources and mitigation methods of space debris. We have proposed some methods to deal with this problem of space debris. We have also highlighted the shortcomings of some of the proposed methods found in the literature and we have further proposed some modifications in some of those methods. We feel some of them can be very effective in the process of mitigation of space debris; few of them may need some modifications. The paper proposes the use of nanobot and nanotube mesh technique, the use of decayable material for manufacturing of space machines and we suggest the proper segregation and decomposition of the space debris and use of some it for energy generation and space structure also.|