NASA, ESA on orbital debris: Good news from GEO, but LEO satellites aren’t playing by the rules

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS – Data from the U.S. and European space agencies has some good news on the orbital-debris front in 2017 but also shows many satellites in low Earth orbit are still not following satellite-disposal guidelines, and many rocket upper stages delivering satellites to LEO are likewise not being removed.

In presentations to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) Jan. 29-Feb. 9, NASA and the 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) singled out satellite operators SES, EchoStar and Intelsat for having removed . . .

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