21 May 2010. As part of its active engagement in the field of space security, ESPI participated in a leading three-day conference on space safety in Huntsville, Alabama (U.S.).
Organised by the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), the fourth global conference on space safety was held in Huntsville, Alabama (U.S.) on 19-21 May 2010 under the chairmanship of IAASS's President Tommaso Sgobba. This year’s event, entitled “Making Safety Matter”, addressed the topic of raising awareness of safety issues. Space safety and a related issue of space traffic management, part of ESPI's space security research programme.
Kai-Uwe Schrogl, ESPI Director, represented the Institute at this important event. He was a member of the programme committee, co-chaired two of the sessions and spoke on a space debris panel. Kai-Uwe Schrogl is a member of IAASS's Space Safety Legal and Regulatory Committee and has recently contributed to a book by IAASS on "Space Safety Regulations and Standards", published by Elsevier.
Panel on policy, legal and insurance aspects of space debris removal
with ESPI's Kai-Uwe Schrogl (third from right)
The activities of the IAASS, especially the Rome Manifesto for a Safe and Sustainable Space that was published in 2009 (download here), are closely connected with ESPI’s security-related activities, including an ongoing study on Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures (TCBM), led by Jana Robinson, ESPI Resident Fellow. TCBMs are an important element of an efficient regime for conducting space operations.