U.S. To Abstain From ASAT Tests In Call For Space Norms

The U.S. will not conduct any anti-satellite (ASAT) direct-ascent missile tests, Vice President Kamala Harris said April 18, calling on other nations to also refrain from the activity to avoid the expansion of space debris in orbit

Harris announced to step during a visit to Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, urging it to become a new international norm for responsible behavior in space. The announcement comes about five months after Russia conducted a successful ASAT missile test, which destroyed a defunct Soviet satellite and created more than 1,500 pieces of trackable orbital debris.

“The long-lived debris created by these tests now threaten satellites and other space objects that are vital to all nations’ security, economic, and scientific interests, and increases risk to astronauts in space,” The White House said in an announcement. “Overall, these tests jeopardize the long-term sustainability of outer space and imperil the exploration and use of space by all nations.

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