What number of satellites can we safely slot in Earth orbit?

onathan McDowell is an astronomer and astrophysicist at the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Simply 10 years in the past, a mere thousand or so operational satellites might have orbited our planet, however there can be tens and even a whole bunch of hundreds a decade  from now. 

Consultants have been sounding alarm bells for years that Earth orbit is getting a bit too crowded. So what number of satellites can we truly launch to house earlier than it will get to be an excessive amount of?

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