FCC proposes ‘5-year rule’ to get rid of dead satellites


The US Federal Communications Commission wants to do something about space junk in low Earth orbit. The agency has published a proposal (via Ars Technica), if approved that would put a deadline on how long non-GSO satellites can stay in space.

NASA voluntary guidelines published in the 1990s recommend that dead satellites should be removed within 25 years.

The FCC wants to adopt a five-year rule that would require domestic satellite operators and companies that want access to the US market to get rid of their non-functioning satellites as quickly as possible. “We believe it is no longer sustainable to leave satellites in LEO for decades,” the FCC declared in its proposal as Engadget reported.

Satellites already in space will be exempted from the FCC’s guidelines.

The commission is also proposing to have a two-year grandfather period beginning on September 29, the day you plan to vote on the regulation.

This cut would give organizations that previously obtained approval for a future satellite launch time to develop their spacecraft disposal plan.

The FCC said it would also grant waivers on a case-by-case basis after NASA expressed concern that the five-year cap would affect CubeSat missions.

The proposal comes with the expectation that the number of satellites in low Earth orbit will increase dramatically over the next few years.

Thanks to contributions from companies like SpaceX, Amazon and OneWeb, as many as 18,000 new satellites could float above the planet by 2025.

Not only will these satellites make it more difficult to observe the night sky, but the possibility of a potential collision will increase. very.

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