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Title: An Overview of the Space Debris Threat to Critical Space Infrastructures
Author(s): Alexandru Georgescu   Alina-Daniela Popa   Ștefan-Ciprian Arseni   Alin-Constantin Sava   

Abstract: Space capabilities have become an important component of numerous critical infrastructure systems, to the extent to which they, themselves can be termed critical space infrastructures. They are enablers of a growing list of applications, from navigation, positioning and synchronization to information gathering and communication. These systems also have specific threats that set them apart from terrestrial infrastructures. One of the most important of these threats is that of the accumulation of space debris. The article will present an outline of this threat and of the intricacies of the current and possible framework for its governance.

Keywords: critical infrastructures, space systems, resilience governance, space debris.

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