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The sky to get more crowded

Tracking space debris is now an area of commercial interest as satellite launches go up

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Devangshu Datta
Space-X recently became the first private operator to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The aerospace company also launches batches of multiple satellites under its Starlink programme. It launched 60 Starlink satellites in May.

This is part of a trend where satellite launches will jump in the next five years. Indian Space Research Organisation estimates that it may participate in over 15,000 launches and many private operators are also in the game along with other agencies.

Satellites are backbone of communications and perform many other tasks as well. The Starlinks will enhance broadband coverage, for example. Locational data,
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First Published: Jun 28 2020 | 8:53 PM IST

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