To solve space traffic woes, look to the high seas

Thanks mainly to the rise of satellite megaconstellation projects like OneWeb and SpaceX’s Starlink, the American Astronomical Society suggests, it’s possible we may see more than 100,000 satellites orbiting Earth by 2030—a number that would simply overwhelm our ability to track them all. Experts have repeatedly called for a better framework for managing space traffic and preventing…


This entry originally appeared at www.technologyreview.com/2021/08/23/1032386/space-traffic-maritime-law-ruth-stilwell, and may be a summary or abridged version.