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‘Huge risk’ of space junk collisions as satellite launches intensify, experts warn


‘Huge risk’ of space junk collisions as satellite launches intensify, experts warn Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of FT.com T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email licensing@ft.com to buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month using the gift article service. More information can be found at https://www.ft.com/tour. https://www.ft.com/content/7ded0def-1715-4d01-880b-939a89cc33d7 The launch of thousands of new satellites in “mega-constellations” to improve global internet access will exacerbate the growing problem of space debris, experts at a European Space Agency conference warned on Tuesday. “We face entirely new challenges as hundreds of satellites are launched every month now — more than we used to launch in a year,” said Thomas Schildknecht of the International Astronomical Union. “The mega-constellations are producing huge risks of collisions. We need more stringent rules for traffic management in space and international mechanisms to ensure enforcement of the rules.”    More



(Source: Financial Times - Apr 21)

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