19 October 2011. ESPI was invited to chair a roundtable on “Space Debris Removal” and co-chair a panel discussion on “Regulations and Standards for Safety” at the 5th Conference of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) held between 17 – 19 October 2011 in Paris.
The goal of the fifth IAASS Conference, entitled “A Safer Space for a Safer World”, was to address various issues related to space safety and sustainability and promote international cooperation in this area. The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) is a non-profit organization seeking to promote international cooperation and scientific progress in the field of space systems safety. Specifically, it focuses on shaping positively the culture of space safety from a technical, organizational, regulatory and policy perspective in order to make space missions, vehicles, equipment, payload, stations, and future extraterrestrial habitats safer for involved personnel, crews, flight participants, as well as the general public.
ESPI’s Resident Fellow Jana Robinson was invited to co-chair a session on “Regulations and Standards for Safety” as well as chair a panel discussion on the topic of Space Debris Removal. The panel on regulations dealt with the latest developments in the area of space safety globally as described in the Space Security Index 2011; regulation of space assets safety in China; and a case study concerning the improvement of the space safety certification in Brazil. The Space Debris Removal panel was one of three specialized sessions dedicated to probing innovative strategies in tackling select topics important for space safety (the other two sessions were devoted to International Space Traffic Control and Commercial Human Spaceflight Safety). Active debris removal is now viewed by many as a necessary element of safe orbital operations as well as the safety of the public on Earth. The invited panelists included Gerhard Drolshagen, Senior Analyst at ESA/ESTEC in the Space Environments and Effects Section; Susumu Yoshitomi, Advisor to President, the Japan Space Forum (JSF); Roberto Destefanis, Space Environment and Habitat, Thales Alenia Space; Joseph N. Pelton, Research Professor with the Institute for Applied Space Research, the George Washington University; Thomasso Sgobba, Head of the Independent Safety Office, ESA; and Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Head of the ESA Policies Department, Directorate of ESA Policies, Planning and Control.
ESPI’s Jana Robinson and Yaw Nyampong from the Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University, co-chairing the session on “Regulations and Standards for Safety”