Government space agencies gently ask satellite constellation owners to adopt debris-mitigation practices

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Thirteen government space agencies including all the major space powers are asking owners of future broadband satellite constellations to test their satellites at very low orbit first, the better to assure that natural forces bring them out of orbit quickly in the event of failure.

The governments, as part of the Inter-Agency Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), further ask large constellations to operate their networks with enough space between them to reduce the potential for in-orbit colllision.

The IADC’s “Statement on Large Constellations in Low Earth . . .

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