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Inmarsat and space debris

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 8:41 pm
by brian livesey
The CEO of the UK satellite company Inmarsat, Rajeev Suri, has expressed concern about the amount of space debris that will be generated by satellite constellations planned by Musk, Bezos and China, etc. Suri said that there should be more regulatory control and added,”Mega-constellations are talking about tens of thousands of new satellites this decade - satellites with an expected life of only five or ten years.”
“The resulting debris creates hazards not just in a particular orbit, but for anything passing through that orbit. We simply do not understand all the risks this creates and do not yet have all the technologies needed to manage the situation effectively,” said Rajeev.
Musk’s Starlink dominates in the race to establish huge networks of low orbit satellites. It has 2000 small mass-produced satellites already up there and has permission for another 12,000. OneWeb and Amazon are entering the game too.
Inmarsat which is about to be taken over by the American Viasat, has fourteen higher-orbit satellites servicing shipping, aviation and governments, but also intends to have its own small and targeted low-orbit constellation.