New poll: Germans want government to do more to tackle issues with mega-constellations

A major new poll in Germany shows that a significant majority of Germans want their government and the European Union to do more to tackle growing concerns with satellite mega-constellations such as Elon Musk’s Starlink. The survey, carried out by YouGov in cooperation with political consultancy Rasmussen Global, looked at German attitudes to commercial activities […]

A major new poll in Germany shows that a significant majority of Germans want their government and the European Union to do more to tackle growing concerns with satellite mega-constellations such as Elon Musk’s Starlink.

The survey, carried out by YouGov in cooperation with political consultancy Rasmussen Global, looked at German attitudes to commercial activities in space and particularly the rise of satellite mega constellations.

It found that 63% of Germans want their government to do more to prevent the rise of pollution caused by mega-constellations. An even higher number, 68%, wanted the EU to act. Meanwhile 66% of Germans believe that governments need to create stronger rules and regulations to ensure human activity in space is sustainable.

The polling comes at a time of rapidly increasing human activity in space. Since 2019, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, has launched more than 3,000 satellites into low-Earth orbit. This number is set to skyrocket, with SpaceX planning to send well over 42,000 satellites into orbit in the coming decade and Amazon launching its own mega constellation.

The new space race by the world’s two richest men was also of concern to respondents. 49% said they were troubled about a possible monopolisation of space, compared to just 27% who did not share these views.

Germans also worry about increasing light pollution in the night sky effecting both stargazers and astronomers. 55% of those asked said they were concerned, compared to 24% who were not.

Overall, Germans were sceptical of whether these types of new commercial activities in space were a net benefit to humanity. 51% said it was not beneficial to people all things considered, compared to 23% who said it was.

The survey was conducted by the YouGov analysis institute. A total of 2129 German aged 18+ were interviewed using CAWI methodology during the period of 26-29/8 2022.

The full results are available here.

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