Capitol Momentum - Jan 2023

Space Cafè Radio – on tour in London – with Prof. Richard Linares and Prof. Akhil Rao

Richard Linares (left) and Akhil Rao (right); Photo courtesy of Linares and Rao.

In this Space Café Radio – SpaceWatch.Global Senior Editor and Space Cafè Italy Host Dr. Emma Gatti spoke with Prof. Richard Linares, Rockwell International Career Development Professor and Associate Professor at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of MIT (MA – USA), and Prof. Akhil Rao, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Middlebury College (VT – USA).

Emma met Richard and Akhil during the 4th Secure World Foundation Summit for Space Sustainability, held in London on the 22 and 23 of June 2022.  Together, they discussed about an economical and technological perspective on debris issues and traffic management. Building on the complementary expertise of Akhil (an economist) and of Richard ( a physicist) this talk merges  an economical perspective with a solid technological analysis. Here some highlights of the interview:

[00:01:35] Two ways to define orbital capacity
[00:02:30] What is worth to put in orbit?
[00:03:25] Slot allocation and Competitive behaviours
[00:04:23] Which parameters can be used to help policy makers to regulate orbital capacity?
[00:06:16] Who is gonna have the right to use Space?
[00:07:53] Is Zoning a good idea?
[00:11:20] FCC Filing and the “cartoon level” description
[00:12:04] How much does it cost to put a satellite in a particular location? We don’t know.
[00:13:43] Can we avoid the Kessler syndrome?

Space Cafè Radio brings you talks, interviews and reports from the team of SpaceWatchers while out on the road. Each episode has a specific topic, unique content and a personal touch. Enjoy the show and let us know your thoughts at [email protected]!

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