Superfund to clean up space junk

Tuesday - 1/4/2011, 9:31am EST

Bill Welser, management systems analyst, RAND

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The federal government is looking for ways to clean up space. Right now, Earth-orbit is filled with space junk zipping by at thousands of miles per hour. That poses a risk to space craft. The RAND Corporation has partnered with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to work on ideas for cleaning up space junk. They've come up with a Superfund approach, like the one used to clean up pollution. Bill Welser is a management systems analyst for RAND, and co-author of the report, "Confronting Space Debris - Strategies and Warnings from Comparable Examples Including Deepwater Horizon." He told the Federal Drive how his organization got involved in the project.