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Monday, May 23, 2005

Pie in the Sky

Seth's Blog: When advertisers insist on interruption

Don't know if the FAA got spooked by this or not:
"When advertisers insist on interruption"

MoonriseThe sky's the limit.

MoonriseThe sky's the limit.

Government: No billboards in space
FAA says it lacks authority to enforce existing law prohibiting 'obtrusive' ads in zero gravity.
May 19, 2005: 4:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government does not want billboards in space.

The Federal Aviation Administration proposed on 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.

Coincidence that the announcement arrives at the same time as Star Wars?

1 comment:

Michael Parekh said...

You know it's inevitable once the orbital launch costs come down to the point where the economics make sense.

Maybe they'll make it a law to mandate that every space billboard has to have a camera BEHIND the bill board that sends down a constantly streamed IP transmission of the view it's blocking.

Consumer can them opt to see that view on the earthbound screens if they so desire.

Just a thought...

Good post, by the way.