FCC Told New Small Satellite Rules Could Create Space Junk

By Christopher Crosby (August 8, 2018, 5:42 PM EDT) -- SpaceX, researchers and space launch and satellite companies have told the Federal Communications Commission that they generally support plans to streamline the license requirements for small satellites capable of beaming broadband signal back to Earth, but also cautioned that untested satellites could create an orbiting pile of space junk.

The proposals from nine university professors and researchers, broadband satellite company Iridium Communications Inc., satellite provider Audacy Corporation, SpaceX and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation generally fall in line with the FCC's proposed effort to lower the regulatory burden involved in licensing the use of small satellites.

But commentators in arguments filed Tuesday...

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