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Oct 13, 2021

Scientists Say We Need to Rethink How We Dispose of Satellites

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The term, “casualty risk” doesn’t literally mean humans will be smashed by falling satellites, but there is an increasing risk of satellite collisions, which could hinder or even spell disaster for future orbital missions. And, satellites de-orbited without control could pose a danger to property or the well-being of some on the surface.

In other words, it’s time to rethink the way we dispose of satellites.

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What goes up, must come down.

Or at least, for satellites, it should.

A team of researchers completed an analysis studying the way satellites re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up, including cases where parts of them survive to impact the planet, and found that the “casualty risk” exceeds a critical threshold, according to a study recently shared on a pre-print server.

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