Orbital Debris Mitigation White Paper Solicitation

Space Orbital Debris Mitigation

White Paper Solicitation

The Enterprise In Space Orbital Debris Mitigation Student Competition is expected to launch to space student experiments that will support a new technology for orbital debris mitigation or develop new experiments for orbital debris detection. When this competition starts (December 1st, 2016), it will be led by Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC), the leading organization in charge of the Enterprise Centre for Excellence in Space Orbital Debris Detection and Remediation.

The competition will be organized in different phases, at the end of which the best experiments will fly to space. GAC will manage the competition, supervise the students, and select the best experiments. The experiments will support the Gossamer Orbit Lowering Device (GOLD) inflatable deorbit system or will perform orbital debris detection and tracking.

Students from universities are invited to compete by submitting to GAC their ideas and proposals for experiments on the GAC Debris Mitigation CubeSat. The student projects will be self-funded. GAC will monitor the students and their projects as the experiments are designed and built. During the mission, students from universities, and possibly high schools, might be involved in many ways, for example, by tracking the CubeSat and predicting its orbit.

The Competition


Millions of people living and working in space.

 The Vision


Advancing cutting edge technologies that will get us there such as: 3D printing, expandable habitats, in-space manufacturing, space solar power and power beaming, asteroid mining, orbital space debris mitigation and more.

 The Journey


Propose an experiment that you think will advance the state-of-art of NewSpace technology related for orbital debris mitigation or develop new experiments for orbital detection.

The Challenge


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White Paper Submissions

March 20, 2017

White Paper Announcement

 April 17, 2017

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Important Dates, Judging, and Prizes

 Read the following guidelines carefully, and be sure to follow all the rules.

White Paper Evaluation Criteria

Relevance to Objective

(30 Points)

Does the project meet the objective of 1)assessing GOLD performance or 2) orbital space debris detection and tracking

Scientific Merit

(20 Points)

Does the project advance or clarify the state of the art in science? Does it explore an original problem or pursue an original approach to an old problem?

Technical Merit

(20 Points)

Does the project show a knowledge of engineering processes of requirements development, analysis and testing?


(30 Points)

Does the project have the potential for solving a need in society?

If your experiment is selected, you will have access to our resources to make it happen.

If your experiment is selected, you will have access to our resources to make it happen.

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The Prizes

  • Your name flown aboard the NSS Enterprise spacecraft
  • Virtual Crew Member Certificate
  • Your name displayed with spacecraft at museum after re-entry
  • Access to exclusive EIS Content
  • Project/experiment proposals published in Enterprise Center for Excellence for Orbital Space Debris Mitigation & Remediation
  • Behind-the scenes tour of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas travel not included)
  • Complimentary associate membership in National Space Society for one year
  • *Complimentary registration for up to three (3) members of each teamto the National space Society’s International Space Development Conference® (ISDC), May 25-29, in St. Louis, MO, to present their papers and receive their awards, travel not included.
  • Results paper published in Ad Astra magazine and industry trade journal for orbital space debris mitigation and remediation
  • Scholarship for one person from Kepler Space Institute ($5000)

Join the competition, sign your team up!


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