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Working Meeting on Space Debris Mitigation and Removal was held in the ISTC HQ on 1-2 December 2011.

The International Working Meeting on the subject of long size and man-made space debris mitigation and removal was held in the ISTC HQ on 1-2 December 2011. The meeting followed the ISTC Thematic Workshop on Space Debris Mitigation held on 10 April 2010 and Expert Group meeting held on 6 July 2011 in Saint Petersburg.

An exchange of views on the latest development and fact finding with respect to space debris mitigation and removal were the main topics of the discussion. In particular, the meeting focused on scientific and technical support regarding possible techniques of debris removal .

Presentations on possible removal techniques were given by experts from the European Union, Japan and Russia. In particular, the ISTC new project proposal, developed by TsNIIMash and Omsk State Technical University was presented and discussed.

The meeting participants underlined that international cooperation and partnership is an essential point in the solution of the space debris problem. They also stressed the importance of the continuation of the research in the field of space debris removal in the lower earth orbit taking into account various elements such as the risk of collision and self-decaying of the various objects.