Nicholas Johnson

As NASA Chief Scientist for Orbital Debris at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Mr. Johnson serves as the agency authority in the field of orbital debris, including all aspects of environment definition, present and future, and the operational and design implications of the environment to both manned and robotic space vehicles operating in Earth orbit. He is responsible for conceiving, conducting, and directing research to define the orbital debris environment, for determining operational techniques for spacecraft to protect themselves from the environment, and for recommending techniques to minimize the growth in the future orbital debris environment. Mr. Johnson coordinates NASA's orbital debris research with similar research conducted by other US agencies, other national space agencies, and international organizations. Mr. Johnson serves as the head of the US delegation to the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), comprised of the world’s 12 leading space agencies, and serves as the US expert at United Nations in matters concerning orbital debris. He is recognized internationally as an authority on orbital debris and foreign space systems and is the author of eighteen books and more than 200 papers on these topics during the past 32 years.

Broadcast 1666 (Special Edition)

Nicholas (Nick) Johnson. Topics: Space debris issues. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. The Space Show/OGLF is now engaged in its annual fundraising drive.

Broadcast 736 (Special Edition)

Nicholas Johnson, Chief Scientist for Orbital Debris at the NASA Johnson Space Center was the guest for this program. Have you ever wondered about orbital debris? Is your understanding and knowledge base about the subject short on real facts? Do you know the real risks with orbital debris for robotics, the manned program, space tourism? These and other questions are answered in detail on this show. Based on listener questions as well as information Nick shared with us, we talked about how the debris is located, tracked, measured, and more.

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