A former head of the US space agency said Thursday that thousands of communications satellites launched into space by dozens of companies pose a collision risk.
“The US and world governments do not adequately manage collision risks“, She said Jim Bridenstine, a former NASA administrator testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee.
“The challenge is that we are beginning an era of large multi-satellite constellations.“With collision avoidance rules based on a small number of spacecraft,” he said Bridenstine.
Satellites can be destroyed through collisions”It destroys not only satellite communications, but also manned spaceflight, national security, and weather forecasting.And more than that, he said Bridenstine.
Bridenstine did not mention a specific company.
Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is a leading space company and has launched at least 1,700 of its Starlink broadband satellites with plans for thousands more. Amazon.com a company
Kuiper Systems It plans to launch 3,236 more communications satellites. OneWebBased in London, it is building a fleet of 648 satellites.