Humanity faces a variety of natural disasters on a daily basis. Volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes claim the lives of roughly 60,000 people every year. And a major disaster – such as a supervolcano eruption – could threaten the continued existence of mankind altogether.
There are hundreds of satellites, 8,000 tons of junk and more than 500,000 pieces of debris that are tracked as they circle the planet. This orbital debris and the speeds at which it travels increases the potential danger to both manned and unmanned space vehicles due to the increased potential for collision-related damage.