Saturday 21 July 2018

White House aims to reduce satellite clutter in space

The new policy calls for providing a safe and secure environment up in orbit, as satellite traffic increases.

The White House (Andrew Parsons/PA)
The White House (Andrew Parsons/PA)

By Marcia Dunn, Associated Press

The White House is establishing a new policy for reducing satellite clutter in space.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the new space policy directive, as the National Space Council convenes.

The new policy calls for providing a safe and secure environment up in orbit, as satellite traffic increases.

It also sets up new guidelines for satellite design and operation, to avoid collisions and spacecraft break-ups.

Vice President Mike Pence heads the recently revived space council.

Cabinet members will take part in the afternoon meeting at the White House, as well as Nasa Administrator Jim Bridenstine, retired astronauts and scientists.

The council’s executive secretary, Scott Pace, told reporters before the meeting that space is becoming increasingly congested and current guidelines are inadequate to address the challenge.

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