It is no surprise that the issue of space debris has risen to popular culture status with the launch of a new 3D IMAX movie called ‘Space Junk.’ As we have highlighted before on this blog, there is vast world of space debris, as well as an abundance of satellites and other assets, floating around in near space that has caused a dangerous level of overcrowding.
Based on the trailer of the movie, ‘Space Junk’ does a fine job of raising awareness about this issue and highlights some key solutions. It also reinforces how our global need for effective satellite communications has created “an orbiting junkyard of cast-off space debris.” Check out the trailer here:
Through Intelsat General’s participation in the Space Data Association, we are working with other satellite operators who also value controlled, reliable and efficient data sharing that is critical to the safety and integrity of the space environment. Today, the SDA is performing collision avoidance monitoring for over 300 satellites, as well as much more to deal the overcrowding in space.
We hope this movie will go beyond raising awareness of this issue with the general public. We hope it actually creates a dialogue with governments, law makers, trade associations and satellite operators that will help us deal with an issue that is clearly not going away anytime soon.