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The robotic arm in Japan's Kibo laboratory successfully deploys two combined satellites from Texas universities from the International Space Station, January 29, 2016. The pair of satellites -- AggieSat4 built by Texas A&M University students, and BEVO-2 built by University of Texas students -- together form the Low Earth Orbiting Navigation Experiment for Spacecraft Testing Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking (LONESTAR) investigation.    REUTERS/NASA/Tim Peake/Handout   ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - TM3EC311KOA01

The number of operational satellites in orbit could increase ten-fold in the next 10 years. Image: REUTERS/NASA/Tim Peake/Handout

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Riad Hartani
Co-Founder, Xona Partners
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Trackable man-made objects in orbit Image: CSpOC and UCS Database, March 2019
Submarine fibre-optic cable map, 2019
London to New York internet route over a satellite-to-satellite laser-optic network Image: Mark Handley/University College London
London to Singapore internet route over a satellite-to-satellite laser-optic network Image: Mark Handley/University College London
Orbital debris (red) created by March 2019 Indian ASAT satellite intercept (red), with the orbit of the International Space Station (white) as a comparison.
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