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UMD establishes orbital debris research center

The University of Maryland announced the establishment of the Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research (CODER) to address the problem of orbiting space debris and serve as a hub for academic, industry, and government research collaboration.

"CODER is the first academically led center established to address the full range of issues surrounding the orbital debris problem," said founding faculty member and associate professor of aerospace engineering Raymond Sedwick in the university’s announcement.

"Most existing organizations focus on just one aspect of the problem—tracking, modeling, remediation, mitigation, policy, etc.—but CODER will serve as a research collective to provide expertise in all of these areas."

CODER will spearhead research in each area of orbital debris, including modeling, tracking, mitigation and remediation, assist in developing international policies regarding orbital debris, and serve as a clearinghouse for orbital debris knowledge and findings.

Posted by GCN Staff on May 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM


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