Research presented to the American Geophysical Union today claims that in the future NASA and the European Space Agency will save millions in satellite fuel costs due to global warming.
The research predicts that CO2 emissions will reduce the density of the outermost layer of the atmosphere, the thermosphere, by 3%. The reduced density will mean reduced drag on satellites thus greatly reducing fuel costs.
The changes will extend the life of satellites in low orbit, including the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope. The researchers say satellite planners will need more information as the changes start to occur.