Viasat, Inmarsat urge regulators in Asia & Europe to deny access to constellations that don’t follow orbital best practices

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — Space agencies and national telecom regulators rarely speak to each other, which is one reason why progress is so slow in creating space sustainability standards in low Earth orbit.

The long-term work of setting best-practice rules and promoting satellite-identification and debris-mitigation standards needs to continue, and many space agencies are at work on this.

But it’s the telecom regulators, who decide whether a satellite network is allowed access to their markets, that have the most immediate impact on fleet operators’ behavior . . .

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