Minoo Rathnasabapathy Speaks on BBC and ABC News Australia about Space Sustainability


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Dr. Minoo Rathnasabapathy was recently featured in two major news outlets to discuss space sustainability and her work with the Space Sustainability Rating project.  


BBC CLICK, a weekly flagship technology show of BBC World News recorded a segment covering "Space debris: How do we solve the problem of dead satellites?" at the SWF Space Sustainability Summit in London. 

ABC News Australia

For ABC News Australia, Australia's independent public news outlet, Rathnasabapathy contributed to the feature, "Space junk, space lasers and space law: Cleaning up earth's debris."  The feature looks at how space lasers, space law and space sustainability, all factor in the race to clean it up. 

Watch it below:

The space industry is undergoing a 'pacing problem' - a notion explaining the difference between the exponential increase in advancements in technology and innovation compared to the slow progression of regulatory guidelines and norms of behaviour.

Rathnasabapathy explains that there is still no globally-shared definition of what exactly constitutes "sustainable behavior in space" which is in turn compounded by persistent challenges associated with quantifying, assessing, and verifying international guidelines for space sustainability.

The Space Enabled research group is part of an international consortium including the World Economic Forum, European Space Agency, University of Texas at Austin, BryceTech, and the EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) Space Center that has designed and developed the Space Sustainability Rating (SSR). The SSR seeks to foster voluntary action by satellite operators to reduce the risk of space debris, on-orbit collisions, and unsustainable space operations. 

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