Iridium CEO Matt Desch Calls for Regulatory Approach to Address Orbital Debris

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Matt Desch

Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch said he believes the industry needs new regulations that would mitigate failed satellites and other space debris in orbit, Space Intel Report reported Wednesday.

Desch, a 2019 Wash100 winner, said those regulations should include a policy that would ground satellite and rocket developers in the event of an in-orbit failure and require them to determine the cause of the problem.

He also supports a rule that would require satellites operating above the International Space Station to have onboard propulsion and secure encrypted uplinks.

“The situation is manageable right now. … But if we want it to remain controllable, we need to act,” Desch said of the issue concerning orbital debris.

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