back to article America longs to expand low-Earth orbit economy 'for the benefits of humanity'

The US government has published a strategy for low-Earth orbit research and development, anticipating a transition from the International Space Station (ISS) to the use of private sector successors and investigating approaches to address the threat of orbital debris. The US National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) …

  1. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

    It must be an American dictionary

    American dictionary. Humanity: Americans.

    Any other dictionary. Humanity: All the peoples of the world.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: It must be an American dictionary

      Thus spake the troll

  2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

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    A key part of this will be ensuring experiments in orbit are as repeatable as those conducted on the ground.

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    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Further Preparations for an AI heralding an Alien Intervention and/or Greater Common Sense‽

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      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: an easy arranged and delivered, highly sensible arrangement

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  3. trindflo Bronze badge

    orbital debris

    This problem seems simple to solve. Just put a satellite a little bit higher than geosynchronous orbit and when something goes by that you don't like, turn your engines on momentarily.

  4. Hurn

    Bad acronym

    NSTC is too close to NTSC - I saw the typo in the 3rd to last paragraph.

  5. Potemkine! Silver badge

    "for the benefits of humanity"


    Shareholders != Humanity

    1. CatWithChainsaw

      Re: "for the benefits of humanity"

      Not in the eyes of the ones with all the money...

  6. MachDiamond Silver badge

    Too much clutter

    LEO is getting more and more crowded. ISS has been lucky thus far that they've not encountered any serious leaks (unless unreported). Some of the damage on solar panels, heat radiators and even a hole through one manipulator arm is scary. While Starlink is close to 3,500 satellites now, the plan as stated by Elon and Gwynne is to have 42,000 with a five year lifespan (except all of the ones that are already dead). OneWeb is in place and Kuiper is still to start launching their sats and I don't have any ready data on what Russia, China and India are planning. The downside with the short Starlink satellite lifetime is the time it takes for them to deorbit means there could be close to 100,000 in orbit at some point unless regulations are put in place to have redundant deorbiting systems and SpaceX can launch them fast enough and stay in business long enough to fully deploy.

    LEO is very precious. Once it's too clogged up with dead sats, explosive bolt fragments and brackets used to hold payloads inside the rockets, the gate slams on sending missions beyond. A piece of debris striking a manned moon mission vehicle at thousands of km/hr could be tragic or at least cancel the mission with controllers scrambling to get the astronauts back just like with Apollo 13. A full blown Kessler syndrome would send the world several decades into going back to purely terrestrial comms and weather forecasting. Gov spy birds won't be much affected since governments will spend whatever it takes to send replacements if something bad happens.

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Too much clutter

      You also have to balance orbit lifetime with energy required to launch in the first place, until we have a solution for gravity!

      Until we have a solution for this particular "commons", there should be a moratorium on further commercial launches of LEO satellites. It would be good to include state-sponsored ones in this but that isn't likely to work.

      1. MachDiamond Silver badge

        Re: Too much clutter

        "Until we have a solution for this particular "commons", there should be a moratorium on further commercial launches of LEO satellites."

        There are many approaches known to deorbit a satellite in LEO. The simplest is to spool out a long wire with a weight on the end. The interaction with the Earth's magnetic field will drag the satellite down into the atmosphere where we can use them to make our wishes. The problem is that the measures are not mandated so nobody is too keen on adding mass/complexity to their sats until it is. There should be a global mandate that all sats have a completely independent deorbit mechanism before they receive a license to launch. Regulations also need to apply to any debris that is expected to be generated. There is a bunch of video of Starlink launches where you can see a long bracket that is jettisoned just before the sats are pushed out. That might be low enough that it doesn't stay up very long, but it's the sort of thing that needs a lot of scrutiny. There are so many bits and pieces in orbit right now that are too small to track and there is the concept know as the "golden BB".

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