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Three big threats to satellites — and what to do about them (op-ed)

A look at three of the biggest threats to satellites and what's being done to counter them
August 27, 2020
Space junk is making low Earth orbit crowded.

Space junk is making low Earth orbit crowded.CREDIT: Shutterstock

Three big threats to satellites — and what to do about them (op-ed)

Since the dawn of the space age in 1957, 80 countries and intergovernmental organizations have launched more than 9,000 objects into space — with nearly 800 in just the past year. While the benefits of this explosive rise in space-based ventures are many (better communications, scientific advancements and stronger national security, to name a few), there are drawbacks as well. The more congested space is, the more contested it becomes, creating challenges for both national and global security.

Here's a look at three of the biggest threats to satellites and what's being done to counter them.

This story first appeared in Space.com.