Abstract from the paper in the article:

https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2024GL109280

Large constellations of small satellites will significantly increase the number of objects orbiting the Earth. Satellites burn up at the end of service life during reentry, generating aluminum oxides as the main byproduct. These are known catalysts for chlorine activation that depletes ozone in the stratosphere. We present the first atomic-scale molecular dynamics simulation study to resolve the oxidation process of the satellite’s aluminum structure during mesospheric reentry, and investigate the ozone depletion potential from aluminum oxides. We find that the demise of a typical 250-kg satellite can generate around 30 kg of aluminum oxide nanoparticles, which may endure for decades in the atmosphere. Aluminum oxide compounds generated by the entire population of satellites reentering the atmosphere in 2022 are estimated at around 17 metric tons. Reentry scenarios involving mega-constellations point to over 360 metric tons of aluminum oxide compounds per year, which can lead to significant ozone depletion.

PS: wooden satellites can help mitigate this https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-01456-z

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      It’s some small comfort that a conservative’s ability to construct a complete sentence is matched by their ability to formulate a complete thought.

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      In a different timeline this would be obvious sarcasm. We are not in that timeline.

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      Y’know… it’s better to let everyone think you’re an idiot than to prove everyone right by saying something this stupid.

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      Next thing they are going to say asbestos is dangerous even though I’ve touched it before without dying!

      And in a recent survey, 9 out of 10 tobacco executives say, “Don’t worry about safety, just have another smooth tasting premium filtered cigarette!”