Orbital detritus

How to solve the so-called space junk dilemma? Impose fees, of course.

So far, proposed solutions have been primarily technological or managerial ... Technological fixes include removing space debris from orbit with nets, harpoons, or lasers. Deorbiting a satellite at the end of its life is a managerial fix.

Ultimately, engineering or managerial solutions like these won't solve the debris problem because they don't change the incentives for operators. For example, removing space debris might motivate operators to launch more satellites—further crowding low-Earth orbit, increasing collision risk, and raising costs.

Michael L. Douglas @doctorpundit

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