Could a space congestion charge clear up junk-ridden skies?

By Umberto Bacchi

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the amount of debris orbiting the planet is already so great that space agencies often have to alter the course of satellites to avoid collisions


A levy could be seen as a restriction on the freedom of usage

Right, because those are clearly the biggest concerns here

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Make it a requirement for all satellites to include a deorbiting motor to allow them to burn up in the atmosphere when their lifespan has ended. That would increase development and launch costs a bit but would be much cheaper than cleanup.

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Looks like an opportunity for a space cleaning business!

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And charge those who intentionally blow up satellites into millions of pieces

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Typical, charge money for something but do not actually do anything about it.

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