The Increasing Danger of Space Debris

Event Date(s): 06/10/2022

Have you ever wondered what happens to fragments from space explosions, or from the breakup of satellites and rocket boosters? These fragments, called space debris, pose a very real threat to all spacecraft that operate in low-earth-orbit. 

In commemoration of World Space Week 2022, join the Department of Physics on Thursday, October 6, at 5 p.m. for a Virtual Talk, The Increasing Danger of Space Debris, featuring Dr. William P. Schonberg, P.E., D.S. Discover the increasing danger from space debris, learn about what is being done to clean up the near-earth region of space and current projects to design and build spacecraft that can survive in the hostile space environment. 

About Dr. William Schonberg

Dr. William P. Schonberg, P.E., is a Professor in the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has over 30 years teaching and research experience in the areas of shock physics, spacecraft protection, hypervelocity impact, and penetration mechanics.

A significant part of Dr. Schonberg's research is dedicated to improving the safety of long-duration spacecraft and of personnel involved in space flight and operations. His research is unique in that it considers several significant parameters typically omitted in the analysis and design of damage-resistant spacecraft.

Dr. Schonberg has authored or co-authored 90+ refereed journal publications on these topics and he has received over 40 contract and grants from a variety of federal, state, and private funding agencies, including NASA, NSF, SNL, AFOSR, ARO, USDOT, and Sandia National Laboratories.


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Meeting ID: 929 1258 5439

Passcode: 427286 

Open to: | General Public |