Space is vast but do not be lulled into a false and dangerous sense of complacency. Quality of life on Earth relies on applications and services provided by satellite operations. Miniaturization and technology advances such as multiple deployments from a single launch have increased the number of satellites, particularly in low Earth orbit . This increase in the number of active satellites adds to the danger represented by an enormous amount of debris, the largest percentage of which is lethal non-trackable debris.
Now, add to the mix the reality that these smaller satellites sharing the orbital environment with all of this debris are now moving around and, in one business model, moving around autonomously driven by algorithms that are not shared with all other operators.