By B.N. Frank
Earlier this year, Scientific American warned there is too much space junk already and it’s creating a dangerous situation on Earth as well as in space.
Regardless, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) keeps allowing more satellites and similar devices to be blasted into the sky. Activist Post has reported about this many times (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).
And now for another warning brought to you by MIT Technology Review:
Orbital congestion is rapidly building. Two dozen companies alone have proposed launching well over 20,000 satellites in the next 10 years. For context, fewer than 8,100 payloads have been placed in Earth’s orbit since the space age began. Incidents like the ESA-SpaceX near-miss make it clear our current space management system is untenable.
And now for another request to blast more of this crap into the sky brought to you by Space News:
In a filing to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, SpaceX said it wants to triple the number of orbital planes at 550 kilometers, the altitude where its lowest layer of Ku- and Ka-band Starlink satellites are to operate.
SpaceX launched its first 60 Starlink satellites May 23 on a Falcon 9 rocket. The company needs another six Starlink launches before it will have enough satellites to start partial service, but by splitting satellites into 72 rings instead of 24 as originally envisioned, Starlink will be more spread out, enabling greater launch efficiency, SpaceX said.
Rocket fuel is not eco-friendly so there’s that too.
The Federal Communications Commission is supposed to protect the public by regulating the telecom industry. Many have filed lawsuits against the agency for doing a lousy job (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Can you blame them?
Activist Post reports regularly about issues associated with new technology. They seem to be never ending.
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