National Orbital Debris Mitigation Plan Released
On July 28, 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released the National Orbital Debris Mitigation Plan, a national effort to meet our space sustainability priorities to mitigate, track, and remediate debris.
The document provides an interagency implementation plan to guide the actions of the U.S. Government (USG) in addressing orbital debris challenges. The plan identifies 44 specific actions for agencies to lead across three pillars:
- Debris Mitigation
- Tracking and Characterization of Debris
- Remediation of Debris
The Orbital Debris Implementation Plan directly supports the United States Space Priorities Framework, with a focus on addressing the safety and sustainability of the space environment due to intended and unintended orbital debris events.
The document supports and is consistent with National Space Council-led interagency work implementing Space Policy Directive-3.
The Implementation Plan also builds upon the National Orbital Debris Research and Development
(R&D) Plan published in 2021.