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Composition of debris objects
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- Title Composition of debris objects
- Released 19/04/2013 10:53 am
- Copyright ESA
Composition of debris object classes in space as of October 2012.
The consolidation of knowledge on all known objects in space is a fundamental aspect of the operational support activities of ESA's Space Debris Office. This knowledge is maintained and kept up-to-date through the DISCOS database (Database and Information System Characterising Objects in Space). DISCOS serves as a single-source reference for information on launch details, orbit histories, physical properties and mission descriptions for about 38 700 objects tracked since Sputnik-1, including nearly 10 million orbit records in total. The US Space Surveillance Network provides a continuous flow of orbit data for all tracked, unclassified objects.