Space Debris and National Security: An interdisciplinary solutions-oriented examination

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Dr Bower is involved in an international network of academics, policymakers, and military stakeholders that examines the scientific and policy challenges posed by human-made debris in outer space. The project is hosted by the Outer Space Institute (OSI) at the University of British Columbia, Canada. As part of this initiative, Dr Bower participated in a Canadian Department of National Defence-sponsored workshop on ‘Space Debris and National Security’ (Salt Spring Island, Canada, 10-11 January 2020). This by-invitation event brought together scholars from the fields of international law, international relations, astronomy, and astrophysics; military officers; senior officials from the Canadian government, European Space Agency, and International Telecommunications Union; and industry representatives to discuss current threats posed by debris in orbital space and potential options to address this growing challenge. The workshop included participants from Canada, France, India, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The workshop will produce a range of specific outputs including a report for the Department of National Defence and a list of policy recommendations that will be widely publicised through our respective professional networks.
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