Monday, May 6, 2019

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MIT NewsA sustainability rating for space debris

Teams from the MIT Media Lab, the European Space Agency, and the World Economic Forum have been chosen to create a rating system and global standards for space waste mitigation.

Space is becoming increasingly congested, even as our societal dependence on space technology is greater than ever before.
With over 20,000 pieces of debris larger than 10 centimeters, including inactive satellites and discarded rocket parts hurtling around in Earth’s orbit, the risk of damaging collisions increases every year.
In a bid to address this issue, and to foster global standards in waste mitigation, the World Economic Forum has chosen a team led by the Space Enabled Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, together with a team from the European Space Agency (ESA), to launch the Space Sustainability Rating (SSR), a concept developed by the Forum’s Global Future Council on Space Technologies.
Similar to rating systems such as the LEED certification used by the construction industry, the SSR is designed to ensure long-term sustainability by encouraging more responsible behavior among countries and companies participating in space.

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