Whitepaper #390 in the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. Main topics: space weather applications. Additional topics: ground-based missions/projects; space-based missions/projects.
The number of LEO objects is TRIPLING in two years, directly increasing unintentional collisions between objects. Recommendations for reducing risks include creating an operationally viable uncertainty solution for the global thermosphere, methods to remediate the small size debris in LEO, and better understanding physical processes to reduce the global thermosphere density uncertainty.