Inmarsat CEO: Mega-constellation deployment should be paused to better assess debris, orbital congestion risks

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Inmarsat Chief Executive Rajeev Suri said mega-constellations of satellites in low Earth orbit pose an unnecessary risk of creating orbital debris that would affect operations in all orbits.

In an April 26 address to the Royal Aeronautical Engineering Conference, Suri said large constellations also pose the risk of “orbital exclusion.”

“What are the risks that one single company or country can put so many satellites in a single orbit that no other can possibly fit in?” he said. “Is that good for competition and innovation . . .

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