CRITICAL ORBIT is a video game exclusively available on Apple iOS.

SYNOPSIS: You are a member of an elite team of astronauts hand-picked for a special mission: Ridding the skies of orbital space debris before it further destroys or damages any more of the world's spacecraft. This an emergency situation in order to preserve our way of life on Earth and also to insure safe passage for ongoing space exploration.

We're not kidding. When you buy Critical Orbit, proceeds go to organizations that are actively involved in finding solutions to the challenges of space travel, including the orbital space debris problem.

SEARCH & DESTROY: Your ship, the X-15, is a modified experimental space plane from the 1960's, retrofitted with an array of powerful high-explosive space weapons for the sole purpose of destroying orbital debris.

Seek out dozens of engagement zones where actual satellite breakups have occurred since 1961. Each zone is a unique area of operation saturated with various forms of dangerous flying fragments of space debris that must be destroyed.

This is no picnic. Discarded rocket bodies, communications satellite fragments, and countless other forms of debris are all waiting for you up there. All that space debris has to be broken down with successive hits until fully eliminated. So long as there are pieces in your area of operation, you are at risk of being yet another casualty of space debris.

FORTUNE & GLORY: Live long enough to gain experience and advance through the ranks to unlock access to new weapons and equipment. You're going to need them!

FACT: Earth’s orbit is getting increasingly crowded with an estimated 500,000 pieces of space debris up to 10 cm long, more than 21,000 pieces of debris longer than 10 cm, and more than 100 million pieces of space debris smaller than 1 cm, according to NASA.

THE KESSLER SYNDROME: American astrophysicist Donald Kessler predicted that the density of space debris in Earth’s orbit will eventually be so great that random collisions would be inevitable, and that the outcome of these random collisions would be more debris, and subsequently more collisions. Kessler suggested the best way to avoid the exponential growth of the collisions was to reduce the number of non-operational spacecraft left in orbit.

SO WHAT? Do you like using your cell phone? Sorry. Television? Nope. GPS? Too bad. A cascading collision of satellites in orbit would affect life on Earth by disrupting global communication, limit globalization, undermine international security, and jeopardize any and all future space missions.

FIGHT BACK Northside Digital has created CRITICAL ORBIT. Your mission is to destroy the ever increasing amount of orbital debris accumulating in efforts preserve future communications and space exploration, thus averting a CRITICAL ORBIT scenario.

YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE Half of all proceeds for every app purchase go to fund organizations interested in space related solutions to this growing issue. By purchasing this app and reducing the amount of orbital debris in the video game, you are actually contributing to potentially reducing orbital debris in real life!

APRIL 23, 2018: Debris removal missions face technical, legal and financial hurdles
Even if a company obtains government permission to collect a defunct satellite or spent rocket stage in orbit, the project raises legal questions. [] MORE

APRIL 18, 2018: Op-ed | For active debris removal, today’s concern is tomorrow’s opportunity
Despite the pressing need for intervention and technology approaching maturity, it has been difficult to gather wide public consensus and deploy a maiden active debris removal mission. [] MORE

APRIL 18, 2018: Rise of the megaconstellations breathes life into active debris removal schemes
The megaconstellations promising global broadband service are heightening concern about orbital debris and creating demand for space-based trash collection. [] MORE

MARCH 21, 2018: ESA to investigate links between debris removal and satellite servicing
The European Space Agency is revising its e.Deorbit program to look for synergies between the mission and satellite servicing vehicles. [] MORE

JANUARY 30, 2018: Op-ed | Do we care about orbital debris at all?
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has promised to integrate better economic analysis across the commission’s work. Orbital debris would be a fine place to start, and the sooner the better. [] MORE

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