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deorbit

[dē′ȯr·bət]
(aerospace engineering)
To recover a spacecraft from earth orbit by providing a new orbit which intersects the earth's atmosphere.
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Clean Space will also develop techniques to mitigate the problem, such as passive and active deorbiting devices and the means to 'passivate' retiring satellites.
Despite natural clearing, deorbiting, and debris mitigation measures, the [space debris] population is growing and so is the risk of collisions.
A 5 x 5 m, 3 kg, deployable sail is being developed to fit in a 10 x 10 x 30 cm nanosatellite and will be used in a demonstration mission to be launched in late 2011 demonstrating passive means of deorbiting for future satellites.
No FY2016 funds are currently budgeted for deorbiting the space station.
It appears that if full compliance of the 25-year spacecraft deorbiting guidelines can be achieved within the next few decades and no ASATs [anti-satellite weapons] are used or tested in the future, then the lifetime risk from space debris .
The satellite's expected deorbiting time from a 660 km sun-synchronous circular LEO is predicted to be 23 years and its designed operational lifetime 2 years [1].
Secondly, research should be increased on methods of deorbiting critical pieces of debris safely and effectively.
On the other hand, the decision by NASA administrator Mike Griffin that the shuttle won't carry a deorbiting module to Hubble makes a servicing mission much less expensive and much quicker to organize.
has considerable resources available for the media related to the upcoming deorbiting of the Mir space station: a debris study center, an in-depth Web site, a video depiction of the event, space debris artifacts and subject experts.