ORBITAL DEBRIS REMOVAL
Tens of millions of pieces of debris are currently orbiting Earth at altitudes that pose a danger to satellites and spacecraft. The threats from such debris are predicted to rise 50 percent in the coming decade and quadruple over the next 50 years. Large object collisions are particularly dangerous due to the ensuing creation of additional debris that could further threaten critical satellites. This problem poses a threat both to spacecraft in orbit and to those that need to pass through a gauntlet of debris to reach their intended orbit. This XPRIZE seeks a low-cost, scalable method for the safe and efficient disposal of orbital debris.
The winning team will target and remove a minimum of five specified pieces of cataloged space debris larger than 50 centimeters from Low Earth Orbit or Geostationary Earth Orbit altitudes. The winning team must deposit the debris in an accepted safe location in a predicted fashion within a limited amount of time.
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