The Rise of the LEO: Is There a Need to Create a Distinct Legal Regime for Constellations of Satellites?

  • Alice Rivière
Part of the Studies in Space Policy book series (STUDSPACE, volume 19)


Recently, various entrepreneurs have revived the idea of constellations of hundreds and even thousands of satellites orbiting in the low-earth orbit (LEO), which would lead to a dramatic increase in the number of satellites deployed in this orbit. The main issue arising out of those massive projects is the congestion of the LEO and its legal consequence: the question of spectrum management and regulation and radio frequency allocation in the LEO and the potential need to adapt a legal frame for the specificity of the LEO.

By analyzing the elements that led to the creation of a distinct legal regime for the geostationary orbit (GEO), we shall determine whether there is a need to create such a distinct legal regime for the LEO.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alice Rivière
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  1. 1.Airbus Defence and Space in MunichTaufkirchenGermany

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