Space, as any other ecosystem, has a finite capacity. The continuous growth of space activities, due to our increasing reliance on services from Space, the privatisation of the space market and the lower cost of deploying smaller and distributed missions in orbit, is from one side improving human-life quality and, however, it is also contributing to overloading this delicate system. International discussion is ongoing at the Inter Agency Debris Coordination Committee and at COPUOS on how to measure the overall capacity of the space environment and assess the impact that individual missions have on it.
The workshop is organised by Politecnico di Milano, the European Space Agency Space and the Italian Centre of Research (CNR). The workshop is sponsored by the GREEN SPECIES project funded by the European Research Council lead by Politecnico di Milano and co-sponsored by Secure World Foundation.
This workshop is open to all researchers, space operators and regulators working in the space debris field. The aim is not only to present current advances in research on space capacity modelling and management, but above all to offer a constructive and interdisciplinary framework to discuss and work collaboratively to advance the discussion on space sustainability and space capacity management.
In this view, the following topics will be addressed and discussed during the workshop:
As outcome of the workshop, a special issue of a journal might be initiated with invited publications. In addition, a report and statement of the outcome to be shared with the outcome of the discussion will be prepared.
The workshop will be organised in presence with some parts in hybrid (i.e., in-person and remote) format, with presentations by participants alternating with working sessions and discussions.
For organisational aspects and to make discussions in working groups more interactive, only participants in-person may take part in them.
Some abstracts presentations will be accepted for remote, but priority will be given to in-person presentations.
On the 9th of June, Politecnico di Milano will also organise the second edition of the “Space Debris Day” for university students. If you want to prolong your stay to the 9th June and act as testimonial and presenter for this initiative, we would be very honoured!