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  • ...NASA has concerns with the potential for a significant increase in the frequency of conjunction events and possible impacts to NASA's science and human spaceflight missions.

     

    NASA, NSF Letter To FCC Regarding Starlink Gen 2

  • Further, the rise in orbital debris in space compromises valuable assets and threatens to make space inaccessible. 

    Letter from U.S. Rep. Mark Levin (D-CA) to Acting FCC Chair Rosenworcel 

  • In the last decade, two major satellite collisions dramatically increased the amount of fragmented debris currently in orbit. 

    Letter from U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) to FCC Chair Ajit Pai 

  • Much has changed in the space environment over the past two decades, but one thing is clear: congestion in space — especially the explosive growth in space debris — has created an increasingly dangerous environment for our astronauts and satellites in orbit.

    Op-Ed from Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS): Protecting our assets from space debris

  • It is essential that the Commission’s understanding of orbital regimes, and the decisions operators base on that understanding, be shaped by an accurate measure of the risk of collision between objects in Earth orbit.

    Ex Parte Filing from Astroscale to FCC 

  • We believe that addressing orbital debris and the long-term sustainability of space will require a basket of multiple approaches. There is no silver-bullet solution. 

    Comments from Secure World Foundation to FCC

  • “Spacefaring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth of re-entries of space objects and maximize transparency regarding those operations. It is clear that China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris. It is critical that China and all spacefaring nations and commercial entities act responsibly and transparently in space to ensure the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability of outer space activities.”

    Statement from NASA Administrator Bill Nelson (5/8/21)

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