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How do satellite constellations impact space risk? Swiss Re examines the issue

How do satellite constellations impact space risk? Swiss Re examines the issue

Artist’s impression of man-made space debris circling around Earth. (Image: Swiss Re)
Artist’s impression of man-made space debris circling around Earth. (Image: Swiss Re)

In an article by Victoria Prussen Spears of Property Casualty 360:

Over the next 10 years, the number of active satellites in orbit is set to multiply. New satellite constellations that deliver global services such as Earth observation, internet connectivity and voice communications are spurring this development.

Risk of collisions
Lower orbits in particular are becoming increasingly populated and littered with debris, putting satellite operations at risk of collision. In fact, orbital debris makes up over 90% of the tracked objects orbiting the Earth today.

A new study from Swiss Re explores the implications for collision risk in low Earth orbits (LEO). It highlights legal challenges such as how liability may be attributed in case of collision and examines how the insurance industry is responding to the needs of increasingly complex satellite operations.

The catalogued orbital population has grown by 19% since 2011 to around 19,000 objects, with the greatest increases among operational payloads and fragmentation debris. Read more ...

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July 25, 2018


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