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Space debris as a global industrial and ecological problem. Ways to its solution

ISSN 2223-6775 Ukrainian journal of occupational health Vol.15, No 4, 2019

Space debris as a global industrial and ecological problem. Ways to its solution

Dumitskaya I. V., Solokha N. V.

Bohomolets National Medical University, Kyiv

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Introduction. In the XXI century the space activity accumulates the advanced achievements in science and technology, promotes developing highly effective technologies for manufacturing products competitive on the world market. However at the same time, the amount of the space debris in the Earth orbit increases from year to year, and not any constructive solutions to this problem have been proposed.

Purpose: to study the ecological state of the Earth space and to assess techniques for utilization of the space debris.

Methods: mathematical, statistical and literature analysis, natural method.

Results. The analysis of the scientific literature and the Internet sources as well as own mathematical and statistical calculations made it possible to establish that without availability of the space technologies for the Earth space is not possible to efficiently use transport, develop science and education, provide for reliability and significance of hydrometeorological forecasts, etc. However, intensification of the production entails a number of problems, such as accumulation of debris in the space. According to the scientific forecast, volumes of the space debris increases by 50% for every 10 years.

This problem is of great concern for scientists, and the USA and European research institutes have already developed techniques to control the space debris.

Conclusions. The space debris is a real threat, it is a new anthropogenic factor, causing great damages to the planet ecology. In Ukraine, at the present stage of its development, studies on the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of the space debris are being carried out. However, so far, Ukraine has not yet been involved in projects for the Earth space cleaning. Mathematical calculations show that annual emissions to the Earth atmosphere are very great. According to our prognoses they will continue to increase by more than 50% every 10 years.

Key words: Earth space, space waste, global problem


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