Is Elon Musk making the rules in space?

The lack of an overarching international authority on controlling the launch of satellites and the billionaire’s plans to launch tens of thousands of them into low Earth orbit are stoking alarm.

A SpaceX rocket carrying the company’s spacecraft launching from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on Nov 10, 2021. PHOTO: AFP
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(FINANCIAL TIMES) - The head of the European Space Agency (ESA) has urged the continent's leaders to stop facilitating Mr Elon Musk's ambition to dominate the new space economy, warning that the lack of coordinated action meant the billionaire was "making the rules" himself.

Mr Josef Aschbacher, the new director-general of ESA, said that Europe's readiness to help the rapid expansion of Mr Musk's Starlink satellite Internet service risked hindering the region's own companies from realising the potential of commercial space.

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