Cutting down on radio waste


  • Randy Showstack


The European Science Foundation (ESF) announced on May 31 that Iridium LLC, which operates 66 low-Earth orbiting satellites, has agreed to interim measures to keep satellite radio waste down to acceptable levels and help to keep the radio astronomy band 1612 MHZ clear for up to 50% of the time through January 1, 2006.

Iridium already had pledged to 24 hours a day of uncluttered radio astronomy observation time following that date, in an earlier framework agreement signed by ESF and the company last August.