UB Professor, students assist U.S. Air Force Focus on space debris dangers

Published August 31, 2022


WGRZ-TV featured John Crassidis, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Samuel P. Capen Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, in a report on the proliferation of satellites, debris and other material in space near Earth.

Crassidis says "we currently track about 30,000 objects that are softball size and bigger. And it's not so much the size of the objects - it's the speed that they're going at. They're going at a minimum velocity of 17,000 miles per hour. You can imagine what a small little piece of debris like the size of a marble could do to a satellite."

Read the story here.