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International Cooperation On Orbital Debris “Essential” In Absence Of Comprehensive Accord

25 September 2017
Space News reports that a meeting on orbital debris hosted by The Aerospace Corporation “emphasized bilateral and multilateral approaches” to the problem of space debris “over comprehensive international accords, like a proposed International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities,” which although supported by “some major space nations, including the United States,” had been effectively blocked by other nations. Japanese diplomat Michiru Nishida and former US Assistant Secretary of State Frank Rose signaled their support for efforts by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to “develop guidelines for what it calls the long-term sustainability of space” and present them to the UN General Assembly in the fall of 2018. Rose said, “We still have more work to do, but I think we’re making progress,” and he added that both the US and China have recognized the importance of limiting the growth of orbital debris. (Image Credit: NASA)
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