FCC requires cellular operators to take satellites out of orbit faster after missions end

By: Maksim Panasovskyi | 30.09.2022, 20:09
FCC requires cellular operators to take satellites out of orbit faster after missions end

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in an effort to reduce the negative impact of space debris, has dramatically reduced the time frame for removing satellites from orbit.

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Approximately 10,000 satellites have been sent into space since 1957. This was announced by Jessica Rosenworcel, chair of the commission. Half of the spacecraft are no longer in service.

Under the old rules, operators had to remove satellites from orbit within 25 years. Under the new rules, companies must do so no later than five years after the completion of missions. Rosenworcel stressed that the updated rules would increase operators' liability but reduce the likelihood of collisions of space debris with satellites that are in service.

But the FCC's innovation was not to everyone's liking. One of the reasons for dissatisfaction was that it was adopted by the regulator unilaterally. The Committee on Science and Technology asked the FCC to provide clarification to the Congress of the United States.

Source: engadget

Image: ESA