Recommendation 18. The International Space Station program should take particular care to avoid producing debris during the operation and assembly of the space station.

Recommendation 19. The International Space Station program should continue to work on ensuring that the International Space Station is able to maneuver when threatened by debris. Efforts should be made to reduce the time between receiving a warning and executing an effective maneuver.

Recommendation 20. NASA should work closely with the Space Surveillance Network to determine what Space Surveillance Network support will be available to the International Space Station over its lifetime and to determine whether improvements in that support are possible.

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Kessler, D.J. 1996. Private communication to Robert Culp, April 17, 1996.

Loftus, J.P. Jr., and E.G. Stansbery. 1993. Protection of Space Assets by Collision Avoidance. Presented at the 44th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation, Graz, Austria, October 16–22, 1993.

Lord, Maj. Gen. L.W. 1996. Memorandum to the NRC Committee on International Space Station Meteoroid/Debris Risk Management. April 3, 1996.

Schultz, E.D. 1996. Planned Operations for Orbital Debris Collision Warning/Avoidance. Briefing presented to the NRC Committee on International Space Station Meteoroid/Debris Risk Management, Houston, Texas, April 3, 1996.



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