FCC to Update Space Debris Rules

Commission says higher space accessibility requires higher rule specificity.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently pledged to update its rules surrounding the management of space debris. Rules for space debris were initially created in 2005 but underwent a comprehensive revision in 2020 to address collision risks and safe disposal of debris. Now, as discussions surrounding in-space servicing assembly and manufacturing (ISAM) take center stage, the FCC has committed to designing specific policies for the new technology.

FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel said that existing regulations were “designed for a time when going to space was astronomically expensive and limited to the prowess of our political superpowers.” She added, “We believe the new space age needs new rules.“

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Chair Rosenworcel as she oversees the functions of the FCC.
  • For U.S. space officials as efforts are made to deter the amount of space debris.
  • For members of the FCC as they consider the new regulations for in-space assembly and manufacturing.

Sources: Space.com, Reuters


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