FAA Issues Stark Warning Concerning Junk In Space

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently issued a stark warning: space is filling up with junk that could be deadly.

The FAA, according to a report, states that by 2025, one individual could be killed every two years because of satellites falling from space, as reported by the New York Post.

Launches are taking place more often on Florida’s Space Coast and experts say it is essential to increase tracking before people get hurt, Fox 35 Orlando reported.

“There are millions if not billions or trillions of objects which are untracked,” an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at Florida Tech University, Dr. Madhur Tiwari, said.
After being provided with a new grant, Tiwari and his team can monitor the amount of junk in space through artificial intelligence (AI).

“3D modeling of these debris fields, using machine learning and just vision, and it’s going to happen on the spacecraft without any humans in the loop,” the aerospace engineer said.
The FAA expressed its worry about the increase in garbage lying around in space. The agency says that “the dramatic rise of non-geostationary satellites, particularly those in low earth orbit (leo), poses an increased risk to people on earth and aviation due to reentering debris.”

By 2035, the FAA warned that 28,000 pieces of satellites could “survive re-entry,” leading at least one person on Earth to be injured or killed every two years.
“The problem with space is not just the amount, but the problem is also how fast they are moving,” Tiwari said.

The FAA also cited another problem that could potentially turn deadly if not addressed. Satellites left stranded in space could create a “congestion problem,” according to the agency.

“We’re getting a congestion problem up there as they get old de-orbit,” Mark Marquette, a community liaison with the American Space Museum in Titusville, Florida, said.
Fox 35 Orlando pointed out that Marquette is also an astronomer who emphasized the need for the FAA to monitor orbiting satellites in space.

“We’ve got hundreds of third stages orbiting the earth that are full of fuel that wasn’t expended,” Marquette said. “This could be a hazard when they come down.”