Have you ever looked up at the night sky and seen something running in the dark? It’s not an airplane because it doesn’t blink. Is it a shooting star? Hurry up and make a wish! He could be one of the thousands of space junks orbiting Earth.
In total, more than 27,000 pieces of space debris are currently floating around the planet. That’s one piece of junk over 10cm for every Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 sold in the US so far this year.
The amount of junk out there is proving to be a problem.Those abandoned, non-functioning gears pose a real risk of damaging the satellites we rely on every day.But Now, Scientific American reports that members of Congress are taking action against the growing mountain of space debris.
According to SciAm, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has outlined plans to remove all of these inoperative satellites from orbit.
I feel that this is a smarter development than it might sound at first.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the first of several expected new rules designed to mitigate space debris. This is only a small step forward so far, but many experts hope it will be the beginning for humanity to finally clean up the chaos it has wrought in outer space. On Sept. 8, the FCC announced a new proposal requiring operators to remove satellites from orbit within five years of their orbital purpose ending. That limit is currently set at 25 years, but many believe that this timeframe will not adequately address the problem, unnecessarily increasing the risk of collisions with debris, which further exacerbates the space debris threat.
By reducing the amount of time a disabled satellite spends in space, the chances of a collision are greatly reduced. This, in turn, could help reduce the amount of debris in the future. Collisions between aging satellites have created thousands of crap. The FCC has not specified how to return space debris to Earth. Scientific American suggests this could be accomplished by pushing debris down into the Earth’s atmosphere with thrusters. In low Earth orbit, aerodynamic drag can cause debris to “go off track.”
The FCC Commissioner plans to approve the proposed rule by the end of September. In this case, the regulation will come into force within the next two years.
- Finally, a strategy to clean up all that space junk
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