This Space Café Canada will feature astronomer Aaron Boley and legal expert Michael Byers, Co-Directors of the Outer Space Institute at the University of British Columbia, in conversation with Dr. Jessica West, Senior Researcher at Project Ploughshares and a friend of SpaceWatch.Global.
Collision course: anti-satellite weapon testing and the crisis of space debris
The testing of kinetic ASAT weapons in space isn’t new, but the growing density of satellites and even humans in orbit drastically changes the risk of catastrophic collisions from space debris, making a bad idea even worse.
Is it time for a ban?
This episode of Space Café Canada will feature Dr. Aaron Boley, a Canada Research Chair in Planetary Astronomy, and Dr. Michael Byers, a Canada Research Chair in Global Politics, and Co-Directors of the Outer Space Institute. Focused on the grand challenges facing the continued use and exploration of outer space, their most recent work has examined the looming collision course of two pressing sustainability challenges: mega-constellations, and debris-causing anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons.
Join us for a candid conversation on the nature and risks of the use of kinetic ASAT weapons in outer space, including the latest Russian test, as we consider the merits and feasibility of a test ban.
This Space Café WebTalk will be conducted in English on 3 December 2021 at 6 pm CET.
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