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Space debris and satellite collisions

Space debris has doubled over the last 15 years.

Geneva Centre for Security Policy’s (GCSP) Head of Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme, Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan, was featured in The Space Review: essays and commentary about the final frontier on 26 February. He writes about ‘Why technological innovation and increased cooperation regarding space debris are vital?

Referencing the 2016 Space Security Index Report, he writes ‘mitigating the adverse impacts of space debris is claimed to be the most critical challenge to the security and sustainability of outer space.’ He comments on the ‘increasing number of uncontrolled objects in orbit.’ This in turn causes security issues between major space actors in terms of satellites collisions.

Notably, Al-Rodhan states, ‘Although states devote vast resources into putting satellites into space, far less effort is made to protect them from the growing amount of space debris in low Earth orbit (LEO).’

To view Professor Al-Rodhan’s recommendations for ‘cleaning debris with new technologies,’ continue to the full article below.

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