11 thoughts on “Space Traffic”

  1. Not sure what to make of this yet as I would want to hear SpaceX side of the story. I believe all the anticipated the mega-constellations are from US-based companies so it would seem prudent for the US to jump to the forefront on this. However, it’s probably to the advantage of these companies that things remain the wild-West for as long as possible to be sure whatever solution is ultimately proposed is actually going after real problems rather than imagined problems.

  2. I’m curious if the Starlink satellites use their link transmission timing to determine their positions with extreme accuracy, so that SpaceX knew no maneuver was required?

  3. My first guess is that moving the Starlink sat was probably going to mess something up for the whole constellation, while ESA’s sat could (I suppose) maneuver without any domino effect.

    1. That particular satellite had been dropped out of the constellation and into a much lower orbit to use for de-orbiting tests.

      1. My guess, and only that, is that the deorbiting satellites are being used to establish expectations for deorbiting behavior and propulsion would have screwed up the data.

  4. It sets a precedent, doesn’t it? If the constellation is going to be a service provider then it needs to be a dependable one. As long as they stay in their lane and don’t wander then the ESA demand is akin to someone demanding the railroad “temporarily” move out of the way. Just imagine what will happen when more satellites are up there?

  5. I had no idea satellite constellations were the responsibility of “operators” who were summoned to duty by email triggered beepers. It’s a wonder there aren’t more problems. When I was a sewer worker, we had to deal with a chlorine vapor event because the on-call guy’s beeper battery went dead.

    I was working at that job when Three-Mile Island happened. Watching it unfold on the break-room TV, one of my co-workers said, “It’s people like us are responsible for these things.” Too true.

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