Viasat: Here’s why we disagree with most other fleet operators on the FCC’s proposed orbital debris ruling

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 23 is expected to adopt, in whole or in part, a proposed rule updating U.S. policy on orbital debris mitigation.

The Commission’s proposal has elicited enormous protest from established GSO satellite operators, LEO broadband operators, LEO cubesat operators, university satellite programs — the whole lot.

The most contested topics are a proposal that satellite operators indemnify the U.S. government for all costs from a claim of liability under international law. “The ambiguity and boundlessness of . . .

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