Natdie Panek began his speech by introducing the audience to the unappreciated usefulness that space technology has on their everyday lives. Panek then went on to state how these satellites are occupying our orbit, despite the fact that many of them are no longer functional.
Panek then goes on to explain how, similar to that of a car crash, the space satellites that do not work can be considered debris, but he also emphasized that throughout the period of satellite launches, there has become an excessive abundance of this debris orbiting our planet.
What are the current procedures for space satellites and environmental sanctity
Panek then informs the audience that there is a chance that certain satellites, which no longer function efficiently being moved. However, these are only temporary precautions. Panek explains that in most cases, satellites which no longer function are left to deorbit in their own time.
However, as Panek goes on to explain, the audience discovered that the time for satellites to leave the orbit of our planet can take years, and often times, even decades. Panek then emphasizes the magnitude of our space debris.
He does this through explaining that out of the 7,000 satellites, which have been launched from the surface of our planet, there are only roughly 1,000 efficiently working. The rest has been turned into what can be referred to as a space graveyard for junk.
How can we take measures to clean the satellite debris in our orbit
Panek then informs the audience, that there are certain requests for companies that launch equipment into space, which involve ensuring that they have a safety precaution for if the satellite stops working. He explains that this is great, but it’s not legally binding.
Panek then illustrates to the audience that it is too expensive to go up into space every time that a satellite stops working. However, it is possible to design a satellite in such a way to ensure that when it is no longer functional, there is a level of reusability, or even a decomposing feature to ensure that our orbit remains sustainable and efficient.
To conclude his speech Panek implores the audience to aid in the process of keeping not only our environment clean, but protesting to keep the magnitude of our orbit clean and breath-taking, as it was before we discovered how to get to it.