Promoting Sustainability Value in Earth's Orbit

Elena Cirkovic, Minoo Rathnasabapathy, Danielle Wood

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This paper aims to implement an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability and protection of the orbital environment in relation to the current commercial activities. It argues that orbital and planetary sustainability, and the corresponding evolution of domestic, international, and regional regulatory instruments, need to take place in conjunction with sustainability of the Earth System, where the term “Earth system" refers to Earth ́s interacting physical, chemical, and biological processes. It focuses on complex systems interaction in order to engage with important challenges that lie at the intersection of these domains. The paper approaches international outer space law, as an adaptive anthropogenic system, and its broader contextualisation in relation to Earth System and non- anthropogenic agencies. It then situates the role of private corporations and argues for the promotion of Sustainability Values and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in outer space and the Earth System. One of the possible mechanisms for CSR in space is the Space Sustainability Rating (SSR) which provides sustainability rating informed by transparent, data-based assessments of the level of sustainability of space missions. It seeks to foster voluntary action by satellite operators to reduce the risk of space debris, on-orbit collisions, and unsustainable space operations. The paper argues for an interdisciplinary, plural, and coordinated approaches to address the
environmental impact of anthropogenic activities in the outer space-Earth System interactions.
Antal sidor15
StatusPublicerad - sep. 2022
MoE-publikationstypEj behörig
EvenemangInternational Astronautical Congress - Paris, Paris, Frankrike
Varaktighet: 18 sep. 202222 sep. 2022


KonferensInternational Astronautical Congress
Förkortad titelIAC


  • 222 Övrig teknik och teknologi
  • 513 Juridik
  • 119 Övrig naturvetenskap
  • Research Affiliate

    Elena Cirkovic (Deltagare)

    apr. 2021

    Aktivitet: Andra aktivitetstyperAnnan

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