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As satellite constellations grow larger, NASA is worried about orbital debris

By The Verge

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  • Currently, there are about 4,000 intact spacecraft living in orbit around Earth, only 1,800 of which are operational. Yet, many companies want to dramatically increase that number. Can you say traffic jam at 26,000 mph?

  • Otis Marti
    Otis MartiDirect Care Staff at Rise Inc.

    Oh boy, more junk in space, just what we need. We treat our near space as poorly as we do our planet.

  • This could also impede innovation in space as it significantly increases the cost basis of launching and maintaining small, constantly iterating constellations of nanosats.

    The advantage of these small satellites (like those launched by our portfolio company, Spire), is they have dramatically reduced the cost of global, real-time data that was previously only accessible to governments who could launch hundred-million dollar plus satellites into space.

    Below the surface, this seems like a veiled

    This could also impede innovation in space as it significantly increases the cost basis of launching and maintaining small, constantly iterating constellations of nanosats.

    The advantage of these small satellites (like those launched by our portfolio company, Spire), is they have dramatically reduced the cost of global, real-time data that was previously only accessible to governments who could launch hundred-million dollar plus satellites into space.

    Below the surface, this seems like a veiled attempt to allow governments to maintain control over who can gain access to critical information about what’s happening on Earth.

  • Dave Mckenzie Sr.
    Dave Mckenzie Sr.

    We humans are good at not picking up our trash .We are doing to space what we do to our oceans .Out of sight out of mind

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  • Patricia Lincourt
    Patricia LincourtSocial Worker

    This seems like something to worry about.

  • A Kahlon
    A Kahlon

    Lately I have been reading a lot about space located wifi/internet satellites that will beam directly towards our planet to provide internet connectivity across any global point. The race is on.....I wonder if the governments and organizations such as SpaceX, Virgin etc....have ever put any funds towards research involving impacts of radiation hitting every single living being on this planet ?? Food for thought.....I understand we have to move forward with tech advances and provide connectivity across

    Lately I have been reading a lot about space located wifi/internet satellites that will beam directly towards our planet to provide internet connectivity across any global point. The race is on.....I wonder if the governments and organizations such as SpaceX, Virgin etc....have ever put any funds towards research involving impacts of radiation hitting every single living being on this planet ?? Food for thought.....I understand we have to move forward with tech advances and provide connectivity across the globe, however let’s not forget the ill effects of radiation penetrating us all the times.....I don’t know what to say....I am really lost as to where are we headed!!!!!

  • JJ Brennan
    JJ BrennanMan At The Top at Blue Spruce Productions

    Oh look, another place we can dump our crap.

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