Carl Sagan says “2 or 3 every day”.*
Sagan doesn’t specify how many satellites are in orbit**, but it just seems weird that so many are destroyed every day.
If 2 or 3 are lost every day, that implies that 2 or 3 new satellites are being launched every day.
Sagan wrote this in 1996. And with today’s profusion of GPS, cell phones, satellite radio,military systems,etc, I would assume that there are more satellites today than 12 years ago.
So how many launches take place on earth every day? And from where?
*cite: Sagan’s book “Demon-Haunted Worlds”, in which he fights ignorance by applying the scientific method to superstitions and memes in pop culture.
Specificly, in the chapter on UFO’s he writes: " there are so many artificial satellites up there that they’re always making garish displays somewhere in the world.Two or three decay every day in the earth’s atmosphere, the flaming debris often visible to the naked eye."
** (but I assume it is fewer than “billions and billions” )