New ESA Report on Space Environment Sustainability (April 22, 2022)

Objects in orbit around the earth

ESA released their latest report on the space environment on April 22, 2022. Some of the key findings:

  • More satellites being launched than ever before, which is being driven by commercial satellite constellations in LEO
  • Over 30,000 pieces of orbital debris have been identified
  • Operator compliance to moving end of life satellites to disposal orbits, and deorbiting boosters and end of life satellites, has been improving; but is still unsustainable in the long run.

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