October 11, 2022
A chorus of voices calling for action to lessen the threat of space debris now includes NASA and the US Congress.
Companies like SpaceX are building large satellite constellations, and a Russian anti-satellite (ASAT) test is scheduled for November 2021.
These discussions may be fueled by the fact that they occasionally endanger the International Space Station's ability to function.
As more and more satellites are launched, the possibility of a collision that could result in massive clouds of debris, as the Russian ASAT test did, grows.
Even a few of these collisions can have a significant impact on a number of satellite-delivered services.
A bipartisan bill addressing the issue of space trash was introduced in Congress on September 13.
Maria Cantwell, a US senator, is the main proponent of the Orbital Stability (Orbits) Act (D-Wash.)
On September 13, NASA declared that it has provided funding for three programs (opens in new tab) aimed at addressing orbital debris.
The initiatives, which are likewise in their early phases, aim to address the economic and societal issues brought on by the increase in space debris.
Congress and NASA have launched new initiatives in response to a US Federal Communications Commission decision from August 1. (FCC).
Committed a new regulatory framework for orbital debris that focuses on the opportunities and dangers of in-space assembly and manufacturing (ISAM).