Space is running out of space

2019-03-02 04:08:00

Space is becoming a crowded place. Satellite operators, space agencies and prospective space tourism companies are all vying for elbow room in the great black yonder. It means the risk of collisions between different spacecraft and between satellites and space junk is increasing all the time. Despite the dangers, a senior American space expert fears it will take a major collision to push space-faring nations into creating a near-Earth equivalent of air traffic control. In a paper to be published in the space-flight journal Acta Astronautica next month, Bill Ailor,