Space Junkies vs. Satellites


Space Junkies vs. Satellites

The FCC has just slapped DISH with a record-setting fine for failing to properly dispose of space junk .

Remember, back in 2002, Dish launched its EchoStar-7 satellite.

Ten years later, it filed a plan with the FCC to decommission it at the end of its mission.

The plan called for moving the satellite 300 kilometers (186 miles) above its operational orbit in order to prevent the ever-growing risk ofspace junk collisions.

Unfortunately, they don’t manage to do this until 2022, when the satellite doesn’t have enough fuel left to reach its original orbit.

DISH settles with the commission, admitting liability, and agreeing to pay $150,000.

Why is the FCC cracking

#shorts #EchoStar-7 satellite #operational orbit #debris #FCC

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