Is it time to 'loosely' regulate space exploration? With the boom thanks to the CubeSat revolution, the number of space objects is increasing rapidly. With almost minimal debris or end of life regulations in place, does the community need to dial back on the launches or impose strict debris/end-of-life rules to minimize junk in orbits?
The regulations and international guidelines for space debris were recently overhauled in 2018 after a long 20+ year lull. This is key to prevent any accidents in space as the number of low orbit launches increase exponentially.
The FCC, European Space Agency and UN have all begun to lay out plans for the "mitigation of orbital debris in the new space age".
Here's a detailed view from the European Space Agency: https://m.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Safety/Space_Debris/Mitigating_space_debris_generation