INMARSAT, a British Satellite Company Warns of Dangerous Levels of Space Debris

The chief executive of Inmarsat, Rajeev Suri, has stated that innovation in satellite constellations in low Earth orbit is welcomed; however, companies like Amazon, Starlink, and others are putting the potential for space debris impacts at a higher level.

"Mega-constellations are talking about tens of thousands of new satellites during this decade - satellites with an expected life of only 5 to 10 years. The resulting debris creates hazards not just in a particular orbit, but for anything passing through that orbit..."

-Rajeev Suri, speaking to the Royal Aeronautical Society conference in London

Elon Musk's company Starlink already has more than 2,000 mass produced satellites in orbit with permission to launch an additional 10,000. A UK company called OneWeb is building a network of 650 satellites, while Amazon has built prototypes and is expected to launch them by the end of 2022.

British company INMARSAT is currently being acquired by U.S. company VSAT.O for 7.3 billion USD which will broaden the U.S. based company's satellite and land-based communications.


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