31 October 1996 Low-earth-orbit satellite constellations: is there a need for traffic regulation and who can impose it?
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Space is traditionally viewed as boundless and vast and, therefore, relatively little attention has been paid to the physical locations of operational satellites for the purpose of avoiding collisions. The advent of large satellite constellations has focused new light on the issue of physical interference between objects in space. Concentrating on U.S.-licensed medium an low Earth orbit (collectively referred to as LEO) communications constellations, this article examines the need for 'traffic regulation' in the LEO environment. It notes the emergence of voluntary coordination and disposal practices and explores whether additional government oversight and guidelines are necessary. Concluding in favor of some government guidelines, the article discusses who can impose them.
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Pamela L. Meredith, Pamela L. Meredith, Alan M. Fisher, Alan M. Fisher, } "Low-earth-orbit satellite constellations: is there a need for traffic regulation and who can impose it?", Proc. SPIE 2813, Characteristics and Consequences of Orbital Debris and Natural Space Impactors, (31 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.256065; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.256065
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