The long-term evolution of space debris orbits under the effect of natural perturbations was studied though semi-analytical techniques. This allowed identifying stable and unstable regions in the space of orbital elements.
The space surrounding our planet is densely populated by an increasing number of man-made space debris, most of which have been generated from the break-up of operational satellites, abandoned spacecraft or upper stages of launchers. Space debris is internationally recognised as a hazard to current and future space activities and space agencies are currently cooperating to identify appropriate and sustainable space debris mitigation measures. A number of these challenges were addressed by the project “Space Debris Evolution, Collision risk, and Mitigation” SpaceDebECM. HTML tags and [shortcodes]