The space litter problem seems to turn into a major problem in the coming years. Especially with SpaceX’s Starlink project, the number of satellites in orbit has started to increase rapidly. NASA, which wants to bring some regulations to this area, announced that they signed an agreement with SpaceX for Starlink satellites and that potential collisions in orbit will be prevented.
The new agreement between NASA-SpaceX obliges the two organizations to share information with each other on satellite launches. Here SpaceX will provide detailed information to NASA for each satellite in the Starlink fleet. The two institutions are expected to minimize collision risks through mutual exchange of information. SpaceX will also undertake to change the orbits of Starlink satellites if a potential collision occurs.
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Another important point of the agreement is the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX will now be able to place Starlink satellites a minimum of 5 kilometers below or above the highest and lowest altitude of the ISS.
SpaceX became the largest satellite operator in space
SpaceX is currently institution with the most active satellites in orbit as it draws attention. The company currently has a kktif 1260 Starlink satellite. But for SpaceX, this is just the beginning. The company wants to increase its Starlink fleet to 12,000 satellites in just a few years. Then there are 42 thousand satellite targets in the long term.
Due to space internet projects, there is currently more traffic than ever before, especially on the low Earth orbit side. SpaceX is leading the race in this area, but some other companies, such as Amazon and OneWeb, are also planning to build fleets of thousands of orbital satellites soon.
Internet projects from space are expected to make internet access even easier around the world. However, it is a fact that we are entering a more risky process than ever before when it comes to space garbage. SpaceX has said in this area that it has developed Starlink satellites to be able to throw themselves from orbit into the atmosphere, but let’s see if these efforts can actually benefit.