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Special Announcement: Call for Letters of Intent to Operate the Space Sustainability Rating

The Consortium Designing the Space Sustainability Rating (SSR) seeks an entity or a consortium of entities willing to take over the management and day-to-day operations of the SSR. The entity will be responsible for three types of activities: 1) Issuing the SSR to satellite operators that apply for it; 2) Pursuing campaigns to raise awareness about the SSR to the space community; and 3) Working with the SSR Advisory Group and the current SSR Consortium to maintain and update the SSR technical definition as needed. Please submit your letters of intent no later than 27th Nov 2020. The call for Letters of Intent can be found below.

Overview of the Space Sustainability Rating

The global space community is witnessing a rapid increase in creative business models and new technologies that are leading to plans to launch thousands of satellites into Low Earth Orbit. The number of satellites being proposed is much greater than the historical patterns that have been seen globally to date. While the technology has the poten… View full description

Special Announcement: Call for Letters of Intent to Operate the Space Sustainability Rating

The Consortium Designing the Space Sustainability Rating (SSR) seeks an entity or a consortium of entities willing to take over the management and day-to-day operations of the SSR. The entity will be responsible for three types of activities: 1) Issuing the SSR to satellite operators that apply for it; 2) Pursuing campaigns to raise awareness about the SSR to the space community; and 3) Working with the SSR Advisory Group and the current SSR Consortium to maintain and update the SSR technical definition as needed. Please submit your letters of intent no later than 27th Nov 2020. The call for Letters of Intent can be found below.

Overview of the Space Sustainability Rating

The global space community is witnessing a rapid increase in creative business models and new technologies that are leading to plans to launch thousands of satellites into Low Earth Orbit. The number of satellites being proposed is much greater than the historical patterns that have been seen globally to date. While the technology has the potential to bring useful societal services, in areas such as satellite communication and earth observation, there is a growing risk that the capacity of Earth orbit to accommodate such a large set of new space objects safely may be in jeopardy.

The Space Sustainability Rating is an initiative that seeks to foster voluntary action by satellite operators to reduce the risk of space debris, on-orbit collisions, and unsustainable space operations. The concept for the Space Sustainability Rating was conceived by the Global Future Council on Space Technologies of the World Economic Forum [1] through a series of workshops starting. The World Economic Forum held a competitive call for proposals in 2018 and selected a team composed of four organizations to design the Space Sustainability Rating, these organizations include the European Space Agency, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Texas at Austin, and Bryce, Space and Technology. These four organizations formed a consortium with the World Economic Forum to define the technical and programmatic aspects of the Space Sustainability Rating during the period from 2019 through 2021. The Consortium brings expertise in the areas of modeling and evaluating the impact of space debris in Earth orbit, astrodynamics, characterization of space objects, technology policy, space economics and understanding of the role of emerging countries and private actors in the space sector.

Please see below to access the Call for Letters of Intent to operate the Space Sustainability Rating. Letters of Intent are due on November 27.