Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Editorial | OneWeb is Looking Proactive on Debris Question

Aspiring global broadband services provider OneWeb is saying all the right things as it seeks to allay concerns that its planned 720-satellite constellation in low Earth orbit will exacerbate a growing debris problem there.

Speaking at an orbital debris symposium at the recently concluded 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem, OneWeb Fleet Operations Manager Mike Lindsay said the satellites will include extra fuel to deorbit themselves after retirement and, in recognition that some likely will fail prematurely, fixtures that future debris-clearing spacecraft could grab hold of. Moreover, he said, the satellites will contain no tungsten and minimal titanium to make sure that they fully disintegrate upon re-entry.

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