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Washington View: Welcome to the Space Jam

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

Space debris poses a danger to PNT. Here’s a look at the threat and how the FCC plans to regulate its removal. The resilience of the Global Navigation and Satellite System (GNSS) that enables mission and life-critical position, navigation and timing (PNT) remains a topic of interest around the world. Threats to PNT continue to increase exponentially. Space-based threats rank high among them, including space debris.

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) caused a bit of a stir by indicating it plans to issue regulations governing activities in space that currently fall between jurisdictional policy lines, including on the controversial matter of debris removal. Will there be clarity on this issue for the PNT industry soon despite the clutter among the stars and in the halls of government?

Topics: GNSS, space debris, PNT, global navigation, threat spectrum, law, policy, regulation, Federal Communications Commission, FCC

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