Space is an emerging global megatrend. Increasing numbers of small satellites are launched for scientific, commercial and military purposes. Although nanosatellites are an opportunity, they threaten the sustainable use of space, as without removal, space debris will eventually make certain critical orbits unusable. As of 2017, there is already over 5000 metric tonnes of junk in orbit. A central factor affecting small spacecraft health and leading to debris is the space radiation environment.

Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Space