Episode 135: Science and Cooperation Against Debris

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April 03, 2024
7:00am - 7:01am
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Eastern Time
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About Episode 135

Safety and sustainability go hand in hand when it comes to protecting the orbital environment for continued use. The Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC) has been informing policymakers and regulators, and performing technical research in this area for the past three decades.  In this episode Colleen Stover (Aerospace) talks to Andrew Ratcliffe, Chief Engineer of the United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA), about his role at home and as a delegate to the IADC. With 13 national space agency members, what is on the docket for this year’s annual meeting? How do guidelines get rolled into regulations? What are challenges to safety and sustainability around the growing industry and fast-paced technology? 

This episode is part of the Center for Space Policy and Strategy's series on “Space Safety Through a Global Lens”. The series covers a range of foundational topics on issues related to space safety from an international perspective, including:  

  • How Stuff Works: Space Weather 
  • What Is Space Safety?  
  • Science and Cooperation Against Debris 
  • Europe Eyes Sustainable Space 
  • The In-Space Rescue Gap 
  • 3-2-1 Launch to Safety 

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