The Kessler Syndrome explains why hunks of space junk are ‘ticking time bombs’

Published May 5, 2023


In a report on the Kessler syndrome, a scenario in which the amount of junk in orbit around Earth reaches a point where it just creates more and more, Popular Mechanics quoted John Crassidis, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Moog Professor of Innovation in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. 

“Don’t let anybody kid you, there is no practical solution right now. I can say that with 100 percent certainty,” he said. “We’re going to be in a lot of trouble 50 years from now.”

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