Over the past six years, governments proposed launching over one million satellites, but where will they all go?

By Ewan Wright and Andrew FallePublished by The Conversation, 7 November 2023 In September 2021, Rwanda announced that it was planning to launch over 300,000 satellites. Three months later, a Canadian company, having previously launched two dozen CubeSats, said it would launch an additional 100,000. Then, a French company did likewise. And SpaceX, which

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Over the past six years, governments proposed launching over one million satellites, but where will they all go?

By Andrew Falle, Ewan Wright, Published by The Conversation, 7 November 2023 As the number of satellites in orbit increase, so will the possibilities of space debris. There are currently 8,000 satellites in orbit, but hundreds of thousands more are being proposed. In September 2021, Rwanda announced that it was planning

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Burned-up space junk pollutes Earth’s upper atmosphere, NASA planes find

By Tereza Pultarova, Published by Space.com, 19 October 2023 Chemicals created by fiery satellite re-entries could affect Earth's climate. Scientists have long thought that the burning up of space junk in Earth's atmosphere creates air pollution that can affect the planet's climate. Now, for the first time, they've managed to

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Amazon’s space dreams deserve to be grounded

By Robert Cyran, Published by Reuters, 16 October 2023 NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Amazon.com’s (AMZN.O) Project Kuiper is a misguided technological marvel. The plan to build a sky-spanning network beaming down internet service from space, dreamed up when founder Jeff Bezos still ran the company, took a step forward with the launch of

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Starlink satellites are ‘leaking’ signals that interfere with our most sensitive radio telescopes

Starlink satellites emit bright, unintended and unexpected signals that can be detected by radio telescopes. By Steven Tingay, Published by The Conversation, 13 October 2023 When I was a child in the 1970s, seeing a satellite pass overhead in the night sky was a rare event. Now it is commonplace:

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NASA Space Lasers Could Become Earth’s First Line of Defense Against Collisions and Spaceborne Threats

By Christopher Plain, Published by The Debrief, 5 October 2023 NASA has partnered with West Virginia University to develop a multi-platform system of space lasers, which the space agency says will be capable of defending the country’s space assets from catastrophic collisions and other potential spaceborne threats. By using advanced

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