In a groundbreaking initiative organised by the Scottish Space Leadership Council (SSLC), global space sector stakeholders have been joining forces to explore solutions to sustainability-focused challenges set by environmental groups, academia, businesses and the wider public.
An initial period of outreach led to an influx of written submissions that were reviewed by an independent judging panel. Challenges were then set for space industry representatives to address during online workshops running throughout May. Three broad themes were identified, with one calling for a holistic, internationally adoptable approach to measuring the true impact of the space sector on the environment. The second called for an exploration into developing an open library of space data to connect citizen science initiatives with environmental data. Finally, the sector was asked to identify ways to quantify, classify and assess the growing problem of low-orbiting space debris, to help protect the near-Earth space ecosystem.
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