New Global Space Safety Coalition established to promote space safety

Space Safety Coalition (SSC) has announced it has been established to develop and maintain a set of living space-safety best practices, the company said.

The new coalition, the Space Safety Coalition (SSC), is comprised of space operators, space industry associations and space industry stakeholders. SSC aims to lead by example, actively promote responsible space safety through the voluntary adoption of relevant international standards, guidelines, and practices, and the development of more effective space safety guidelines and best practices.

To date, twenty organizations have endorsed the SSC´s Best Practices document, including AMOS by Spacecom, Analytical Graphics, Astroscale, AXA XL, Centauri, D-Orbit, Geeks without Frontiers, Hellas-Sat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Iridium, Loverro Consulting, MAXAR, OneWeb, Planet, Providence Access Company, Secure World Foundation, SES, Space Data Association, Virgin and XTAR. Additional organizations are in the process of endorsing the initiative and more are always welcome to participate.

The SSC and its coalition members will publish, coordinate, and periodically update these best practices in order to keep them well-aligned with responsible space operations and the evolving understanding of the orbital debris environment, to address gaps in space governance and promote better spacecraft design, operations, and disposal practices associated with long-term space operations sustainability.

Space Safety Coalition publishes a set of orbit-regime-agnostic best practices for the long-term sustainability of space operations. These best practices are generally applicable to all spacecraft regardless of physical size, orbital regime or constellation size, and directly address many aspects of the twenty-one consensus Long-Term Sustainability (LTS) guidelines approved by the United Nations Committee for the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) in June 2019.