Orbital Space Around   Amid Rise In Satellites

Earth Must Be Protected

The orbital space around Earth

 must urgently be protected by environmental rules and regulations akin to those that safeguard the planet’s land, seas and air, leading scientists say.

An international team of researchers

 warn that a dramatic rise in the number of satellites is polluting the night sky and potentially even striking people or aircraft when they fall back to Earth.

Much of the concern is driven

by the surge in mega-constellations, which involve placing tens of thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit to deliver broadband internet and other services.

Much of the concern is driven

by the surge in mega-constellations, which involve placing tens of thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit to deliver broadband internet and other services.

While companies such as SpaceX 

are leading the way, others are interested, including Rwanda, which recently filed an application to launch 327,000 satellites in a single project.

In late 2018, about 2,000 active

satellites circled Earth. That number has nearly doubled in the past two years with SpaceX launches alone.

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