Inviting criticism, Iridium CEO Desch says satellite orbital debris/space traffic regulations are needed — now

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — With his second-generation constellation safely in orbit and more than 60 first-generation satellites, Iridium Chief Executive Matt Desch thinks it’s a good time get outspoken about orbital debris.

Desch admits right away that he can be accused of being disingenuous. Of his own satellite constellation — 95 satellites launched between 1997 and 2002 — more than 20% failed in orbit and will remain there for a century and now he wants to tighten regulations for debris mitigation?

“It’s a valid criticism,” Desch said. “It . . .

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