There is finally a plan to clean up all this junk space

A graphic showing the number of objects orbiting the Earth.

There is not much space.
picture: NASA (Getty Images)

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and saw something through the darkness? It’s not a flash, so it’s not an airplane. Could it be a meteor? Quick, make a wish! are odds one of the Thousands of piecess of space junk Stuck orbiting the earth.

In total, there are currently more than 27,000 pieces of space junk floating around our planet. That’s roughly one piece of trash greater than 10 cm On every Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 vehicle sold In the US this year so far.

Now the sheer amount of waste out there has proven to be a problem – these abandoned and nonfunctional pieces of equipment pose a real risk of damaging the satellites we depend on every day. but now, Scientific American Reports Lawmakers are beginning to take action against the buildup of space junk.

according to fantasyThe US Federal Communications Commission has a plan to remove all those defunct satellites from orbit:

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the first of several expected new rules aimed at mitigating space junk. Although it is only a small progress at the moment, many experts hope that this will finally be the beginning of humanity to sort out the chaos that has occurred in space.

On September 8, the FCC announced its new proposal to require operators to remove satellites from orbit within five years of their end of purpose in orbit. That limit is currently set at 25, but many feel that the time frame does not adequately address the problem and unnecessarily increases the risk of collisions that generate debris and exacerbate the risk of space junk.

An image of a satellite in orbit around the Earth.

There are more than 27,000 objects currently orbiting the Earth.
picture: Hum Images / Global Image Collection (Getty Images)

according to Scientific AmericanAt first glance, this is a more obvious development.

By reducing the amount of time defunct satellites spend in space, The chance of collision is greatly reduced. This in turn can help reduce the amount of future wreck – Thousands of unwanted bits out there now resulted from collisions between aging satellites.

The FCC does not specify a method for How Space junk must be returned to Earth. Scientific American It is suggested that this could be done using thrusters that push the detritus down into the Earth’s atmosphere, where Garbage can be “de-orbited” by aerodynamics pull in low orbits.

The FCC commissioners are expected to approve the proposed rules by the end of September. If passed, the regulation will go into effect within the next two years.

The new ruling covers all satellites registered in the United States that orbit the Earth up to 1,200 miles above the Earth.

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