The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to pass new rules to address the growing risk of space debris (commonly known as space debris) posing a threat to extraterrestrial exploration.
Government agencies give U.S. operators a much shorter deadline to get rid of defunct satellites that wastefully hover around the globe and get in the way of spacecraft on active missions.
The FCC has voted to retire satellites in low earth orbit within five years of their mission. Government agencies had previously advised operators of low-Earth orbit satellites to ensure that their spacecraft would re-enter Earth’s atmosphere within 25 years of her.
FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel said: “This means more accountability and less risk of collisions, which means more debris in orbit and a greater chance of communication failures in space. will be.” The US Telecommunications Administration has found that of the 10,000 satellites deployed since 1957, more than half are non-functional.
Not only does that amount of scrap make future missions more expensive, but it warns that if it gives investors goosebumps, it could put some at risk entirely.
“Functioning satellites, discarded rocket cores and other debris currently litter the space environment, posing challenges for current and future missions,” he said.
It turns out that there are over 4,800 satellites in orbit, the majority of which are commercial low-Earth orbit satellites.
“The Second Space Age has arrived. For it to continue to grow, we need to do more to clean up after ourselves so that space innovation can continue to keep up.
NASA has funded several academic studies on space debris, and a bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation to “spur the development of debris removal technology in the United States,” said FCC Commissioner Jeffrey. Mr Starks said. He said the new rule would “bend the curve of debris propagation. It also reduces collisions and frees up resources used to avoid collisions.”
“Without a safe operating environment, debris risk could escalate from a financial afterthought to something that would force investors to reconsider,” said Starks, “while pushing licensing costs into the future.” could complicate operations in ways that slow or limit.”
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