Houston, Space Has a Problem

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Carolyn Belle
Astroscale U.S., Director of Advanced Systems

Carolyn Belle engages in space industry growth and diversification, with expertise in the market dynamics of on-orbit servicing, emerging satellite applications, and the creation of diversified space architectures. Carolyn currently works with commercial and government satellite operators to pursue new approaches to on-orbit operations in her role at Astroscale U.S., where she serves as the Director of Advanced Systems. She previously led KSAT’s standardized ground network development in the U.S. and, as a consultant and industry analyst, advised companies throughout the value chain on key opportunities & strategic direction. She started her career in astrobiology research before focusing her passion for space on building the business environment and underlying infrastructure necessary to facilitate dynamic industry expansion.
Carolyn holds a liberal arts Bachelor’s degree from The Colorado College with a focus in Biology and Chemistry and completed the International Space University’s multidisciplinary Master’s program in Space Management. She has been active in leading STEM outreach initiatives such as Yuri's Night and Cool Science as well as efforts to strengthen women and the disabled's roles and recognition within the space industry.


 Advances in space-based services and capabilities have enabled many of the foundations of our modern society – mobile navigation, banking, weather forecasting, remote communications – humanity depends on space. With 9,400 tons of objects orbiting above us; Houston, Space has a [debris] problem!

If we hope to continue innovating and advancing the space-based services we rely on daily we must adopt a more sustainable approach to how we utilize and explore space. Space Sustainability, including actions to remove debris, prevent the creation of new debris, and strategically extend the operational life of all objects placed into space, will help to secure long-term access to the unique space environment for generations to come.