A Call For Sustainable Use of Outer Space By Secure World Foundation PresidentApril 25, 2011 at 8:43 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
Source: Space Ref
(April 21, 2011) SUPERIOR, Colorado – An international forum is saluting the 50th anniversary of the first human to orbit the Earth – but also calling attention to concerns regarding the secure and sustainable uses of outer space.
Secure World Foundation’s founder and President, Cynda Collins Arsenault, is a key participant in a round table discussion on the importance of space exploration for education, science and culture. The special roundtable is being held during the International Forum on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space, a celebration of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s milestone-making spaceflight over five decades ago.
Arsenault pointed out that risk to the space environment arising from human activities is growing. The global threat from orbital debris, as example, is troubling for governments, multinational institutions, as well as multinational industries.
Steps must be taken to create the secure and sustainable use of space for the benefit of humanity, Arsenault said. Sustainability of space has two main components, the physical environmental — management of space debris and electromagnetic spectrum, space traffic management — and a political component, promoting stability and preventing conflict.
“Each component requires new norms, rules and mechanisms for protecting the global commons of space,” Arsenault noted. In this regard, one area most ripe for work – and a major thrust of SWF’s agenda — is Space Situational Awareness (SSA) – knowing what’s where in the space environment. [Full story]