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OneWeb Pledges Vigilance on Orbital Debris Issue |

JERUSALEM — Start-up satellite Internet provider OneWeb Ltd. on Oct. 15 said they will go far beyond what international guidelines recommend to reduce the chances that its 720-satellite constellation will create orbital debris.

The measures include provisioning extra fuel to deorbit its satellites at the end of their lives, including a mechanical fixture on the satellites to permit easier grappling by future debris-clearing hardware, and assuring that except in rare cases of failure all satellites are out of orbit no more than five years after retirement.

Current international guidelines ask that owners of satellites in low Earth orbit see to it that they either are driven or naturally fall out of orbit within 25 years of retirement.

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