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FAA: Space billboards don\'t fly

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon May 23, 2005 11:24 am
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By Reuters: The United States government does not want billboards in space.
The Federal Aviation Administration proposed Thursday to amend its regulations to ensure that it can enforce a law that prohibits “obtrusive” advertising in zero gravity.

“Objects placed in orbit, if large enough, could be seen by people around the world for long periods of time,” the FAA said in a regulatory filing.
Currently, the FAA lacks the authority to enforce the existing law.

For instance, outsized billboards deployed by a space company into low Earth orbit could appear as large as the moon and be seen without a telescope, the FAA said. Big and bright advertisements might hinder astronomers.

“Large advertisements could destroy the darkness of the night sky,” regulators said.

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