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A satellite "orbit tax" proposed by scientist

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There are up to 20,000 aging satellites and associated debris in low Earth orbit that poses a risk to essential communications satellites. Scientists are calling for the imposition of orbital fees of up to $235,000 per satellite emplacement in orbit.
The charge on satellite operators, such as Elon Musk, would, it's reckoned, pay for collisions and factor in the cost of collisions to other users says Matthew Burgess, economist and assistant professor in Environmental Studies and affiliated member of Economics at the University of Colorado Boulder. He said: "Space is a common resource, but companies aren't accounting for the cost their satellites impose on other operators ... We need a policy that lets satellite operators directly factor in the costs their launches impose on others."
Some of us would regard space as being much more than a "common resource" This is economists' talk and only helps to reinforce the Wild West mentality of Elon Musk,etc.
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I'm waiting for some pigs to come flying past ...... :lol:
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You noticed it Stella! Well it did buy two mugs of coffee for the Webb team. They were allowed three sips each. :wink: I'm using an iPad for the first time and making a few errors in the process. As I'm sure you know, the figure is $8.8 billion.
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brian livesey wrote: Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:06 am Scientists are calling for the imposition of orbital fees of up to $235,000 per satellite emplacement in orbit. ... This is economists' talk and only helps to reinforce the Wild West mentality of Elon Musk,etc. ...
Well, first of all, I live in Texas. So, contrary to the Wild West, I believe that we are being offered an Enclosure Act. We will not solve the problem with 21st century Corn Laws. It will happen inevitably, that the major corporations will agree to the taxes and regulations that let them prevent others from entering the market, thus ensuring their monopoly. The solution is a rational theory of property and proprerty rights. Your satellite bumping into mine is no different than your dog digging up my roses. Solving that problem does not require exterminating all dogs or taxing roses.

Last night, I was viewing Sirius, just lining up my finder scope and a flock went through my field of view. My instant assessment was that it was a flight of birds, but in the next heartbeat, I realiized that it was an array of satellites because they were aligned transverse toi the direction of travel. I thought that it was nice to see, as would have been a high flight of geese or whatever. We don't get up in arms when migrating birds pass in front of our stars.

Don't shoot from the hip.
Keep a stiff upper lip.

... and, oh, yes, which "scientists"? As stated, the complaint comes from an unnamed collective.
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