Satellite industry begins to stir on LEO orbital debris, but effective regulation is nowhere in sight

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — An industry debate on satellite mergers and acquisitions and their effects on the Asia-Pacific market took an unexpected turn to the issue of the growing threat of orbital debris and collisions in low Earth orbit, particularly at 700 km and lower, as more satellites are launched there.

It is the latest example that the issue, long consigned to specialist discussions, is finding a wider audience as the number of constellations increases. In the absence of any realistic possibility that regulators will act, it is the industry itself that will have to . . .

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