WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A SATELLITE THAT’S NO LONGER OF USE?
depending on how high the satellite is. For closer satellites, engineers will use its last bit of fuel to slow it down. That way, it will fall out of orbit and burn up in Earth’s atmosphere. 2 The second choice is to send the satellite even further away from Earth. It can take a lot of fuel for a satellite to slow down enough to fall back into the atmosphere. That’s especially true if a satellite is in a very high orbit. For many high satellites, it takes less fuel to blast it further into space than to send it back to Earth. These days there are two choices,