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Emmanuelle: Why a satellite orbit?

Bill: Well, there are only so many places in the sky"

Emmanuelle: Yes, I agree with you but who is the recipient of the money that is being given by the satellite company"

Bill: Oh, the government that gives"

Emmanuelle: But which government"because right now it's up in Space"

Bill: Well, I guess it's the American government that gave it to them.

Scott: It's an international body" (See: International Institute of Space Law -

Bill: But they voted"

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Scott: It's like shipping lanes".there are space lanes.   There are certain orbits that are staked out by certain satellites.   So you can't put another satellite in the path of an America satellite.   So, they own that geo-synchronous orbit.   So those are valuable spaces.   And it's becoming an even bigger problem because what's happening now is that debris is starting to fill up those lanes.   You know the satellites are starting to break apart or malfunction.   You know, China blew one up a few years ago, which meant there were actually more "satellites" because they blew it into pieces.  

Timothy: Why did they blow it up?

Scott: To test ".well, that's another controversial thing"they were testing an anti-ballistic missile system, which of course got America all excited because we want to be the only ones to have that.  

Timothy: Oh, so they were testing an anti-satellite weapon?

Scott: Well, it was an anti-ballistic missile , but they blew up a satellite they didn't need anymore.   So now these pieces of space junk are flying up there and they're very hard to keep track of.   And at the speed they move up there a little fragment can destroy a satellite"

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Bill: or destroy a spaceship"

Scott: Yeah, or even a space station". The danger is there is so much floating around up there that there's no space left.   So we should be charging for the congestion up there.   Somebody should be paying for taking that space to the community"which I guess in this case is all of Earth.  

Timothy: Nobody should own Space.

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Scott Baker is a Managing Editor & The Economics Editor at Opednews, and a blogger for Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and Global Economic Intersection.

His anthology of updated Opednews articles "America is Not Broke" was published by Tayen Lane Publishing (March, 2015) and may be found here:

Scott is former President of Common Ground-NYC (, a Geoist/Georgist activist group. He has written (more...)

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