Satellite Constellations as an Issue in Space Law

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Aliş S.

I. Uzay Ekonomisi, Uzay Hukuku ve Uzay Bilimleri, İstanbul, Turkey, 29 - 30 May 2021, pp.151-158


Satellite constellations constitute significant threat to ground-based optical astronomy as well as radio astronomy. Thousands of satellites are planned to be placed in low-Earth orbit (LEO), and several hundreds of them are planned for higher orbits such as MEO. International astronomical community has been discussing the issue with its all dimensions; need for proper regulations, national space policies, and international agreements. This contribution is intended to define the issue and its impact on astronomical observations.