Geostationary Orbital Crowding: An Analysis of Problems and Solutions
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Geostationary orbital crowding is currently a pressing international issue. The disagreement lies between undeveloped and developed nations as to whether geostationary equity or efficiency should be the emphasis of international orbital slot and frequency allocations. The primary desire of less developed nations is an assurance that fundamental satellite resources will be available when they are ready. This can only be realized if the international community sets aside resources for their exclusive use, to be usable later. The developed countries feel that such a plan would result in an inefficient utilization of orbital resources. They also believe that by the time these undeveloped nations are able to launch communications satellites, technology will have made added resources available for their use. The best possible plan will be one that uses a composite of all practical options. All technical solutions must be incorporated as they become viable, while regulatory alternatives should be implemented as needed, to ensure that every nation has access to space communications resources when their situation dictates. Excess orbital resources may be marketed to further the development of telecommunications in the developing world. Various methods for ensuring both efficient and equitable future access to space communications resources are detailed in this thesis.
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