ULA’s Bruno: Given today’s satellite tracking & SpaceX Starlink constellation’s size, Starlink orbit is all but closed to others

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The arrival of several mega-constellations in low Earth orbit, coupled with today's imprecise satellite tracking, will make satellite collisions just as important as frequency interference in future licensing regimes, United Launch Alliance Chief Executive Tory Bruno said.

Even now, when SpaceX’s 4,400-satellite Starlink constellation is only half at 550 kilometers and other constellations near that orbit are yet to launch, launch providers need to make special preparations if they are carrying satellites whose destination is near the SpaceX Starlink altitude, he . . .

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