Help us solve the
space debris crisis

About Project Clear Constellation

According to a recent NASA study, there are approximately 8,000 metric tons of debris orbiting the earth. These waste materials vary in size from large to microscopic, but all move at such a high speed that they represent potentially mission-ending risk by penetrating everything from spacesuits to fuel tanks, and even the hulls of space shuttles. They are also a threat to scientific and commercial satellites that we increasingly rely on for education, communication, weather, navigation, and more.

Project Clear Constellation™ by Rubicon® is a new program devised to confront the growing problem of space waste. Left unaddressed, this issue will compound itself with each passing day, posing a grave threat to future space exploration and to the very lives of the brave men and women who serve on these missions. Rubicon’s Founder and CEO, Nate Morris, wrote about the issue.

The centerpiece of the program is the Clear Constellation competition, in which colleges and universities across the United States are invited to submit design concepts for solutions to help clean up space debris. Our panel of experts will judge submissions, and the winning entry will be awarded a cash prize of $100,000!

Why we care

satellite launches since 1957
pieces of orbital debris
22,000 mph
speed of debris in space

Our judges panel

Professor Marla Geha

Professor and Astrophysicist, Yale University

Dr. Jonathan McDowell

Astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Rick Ambrose

Executive VP, Lockheed Martin Space

Nobu Okada

Founder & CEO, Astroscale Holdings Inc.

Mike Rogers

Former U.S. Congressman, MI-08

Nate Morris

Founder & CEO, Rubicon

Our judges panel

A group of distinguished academics, industry experts, and public servants. Each judge brings a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge to the competition.

Press and media

If you are a member of the press or media and are interested in the Clear Constellation competition, contact us.