Low Earth Orbit is in Crisis - The "New" Regulation of Space Debris

The situation is critical. Space is crowded and getting dangerous. Some experts predict that 60,000 satellites will be in orbit by 2030. The FCC is taking this matter very seriously and has launched a new Space Bureau to deal with the problem. Deorbitng your satellite is no longer an option, it is an enforceable rule. Orbotic Systems is dedicated to helping you meet the FCC regulations and to get your spacecraft into orbit. Once there, our D3 can safely deorbit your spacecraft post-mission.

  • September 29, 2022 – FCC adopts new ‘5-Year Rule’ to deorbit satellites due to risk of orbital debris.
  • New rule shortens decades-old 25-year guideline for deorbiting post-mission.
  • Announced as an important step in new era for space safety and orbital debris policy.
  • FCC takes orbital debris seriously.
  • There are more than 4,800 satellites operating in orbit as of end of 2021.
  • Vast majority are commercial LEO satellites.
  • The new 5-year rule means more accountability and less risk of collisions.
  • New Rule “requires” satellites to deorbit no later than 5 years post-mission.
  • Mission length and deorbit timeline must be established through application with FCC.
  • The satellite and launch industry is now an estimated $279 billion-a-year sector.
  • November 3, 2022 – FCC announces the new Space Bureau at the FCC
Erik with the D3

Meet the D3 Team

Orbotic Systems has the good fortune to work with a brilliant team of professionals. Their dedication, expertise, and creativity is unparalleled. We look forward to working with the D3 team in the future and extending applications of D3 technology. If you are interested in a unique modification of the D3 for your spacecraft, let us know and we will run it by the developers.

Need More D3?

Learn more about the D3 by downloading the documents listed below.

D3 High Level Overview
D3 High Level Overview
Technical Paper 1
Technical Paper 1
Technical Paper 2
Technical Paper 2
D3 Brochure
D3 Brochure

NOTE: Orbotic Systems will begin taking orders for the D3 in 2023. Deliveries will be on a first come, first serve basis. However, we can put you on a waiting list now. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, contact us and one of our staff will get back to you with information.

Orbotic Systems is a privately held company based in Thousand Oaks, California. Our vision is to advance human progress in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with innovative business methods and new technology.


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