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FCC proposes ‘five-year regulation’ for defunct satellite disposal.

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The regulatory body will vote this month.

The Federal Communications Commission is working on a solution to the problem of junk in low Earth orbit.

The government proposed on Thursday to limit the period non-geostationary satellites may remain in orbit, according to Ars Technica.

At this time, voluntary NASA guidelines that were made public in the 1990s advise that obsolete satellites need to be removed from orbit over the next 25 years.

The FCC is considering requiring satellite operators and foreign corporations seeking US market access to dispose of damaged spacecraft within five years.

According to the FCC’s proposal, it is “no longer practical” to leave satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) where they would deorbit over the course of decades.

FCC restrictions don’t impact already-orbiting satellites. The Commission has suggested a two-year grandfathering term, commencing on September 29.

This begins grandfathering. This exception would enable companies with a future satellite launch window to prepare for the satellite’s disposal.

The chance would be brief. In response to NASA’s worries about the five-year prohibition on CubeSat flights, the FCC stated it would provide case-by-case exceptions.

Our proposal is well timed since it is anticipated that the number of satellites in low Earth orbit will significantly increase over the course of the next several years.

It is possible that 18,000 more satellites may be launched by 2025 thanks to contributions from SpaceX, Amazon, and OneWeb.

Because of all of those satellites, keeping an eye on the night sky will be more challenging, which means there is a bigger possibility that an accident may take place.


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