FCC fines Swarm $900,000 for unauthorized satellite launch

Found on Reuters on Saturday, 22 December 2018
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Swarm Technologies Inc will pay a $900,000 fine for launching and operating four small experimental communications satellites that risked “satellite collisions” and threatened “critical commercial and government satellite operations,” the Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday.

FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said the size of the penalty “is probably not significant enough to deter future behavior, but the negative press coverage is likely to prevent this company and others from attempting to do this again.”

Maybe there should be more bad press about who caused all the existing junk floating around in space. Whereever humans go, the junk gets there first.