Aging satellites and space debris crowd low-Earth orbit, and launching new satellites adds to collision risks. The most effective way to solve the space junk problem involves an international agreement to charge operators orbital-use fees.
As more private companies get involved in commercial space activities, the sustainability of space exploration comes into question. Researchers have teamed up to explore norms and rules to help ensure space remains accessible to future generations.
Working entirely via Zoom, remote desktop connections and webcams, a CU Boulder team is constructing and programming a satellite none of its members can currently touch. Welcome to designing a CubeSat during the coronavirus pandemic.