The “Space Debris: Towards Securing the Future of the Global Space Economy” conference, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region, continues its sessions for the second day in a row with the participation of more than 50 countries around the world and in the presence of 260 leaders, experts and specialists in the field of space at the local and global levels. Through its various events and activities, it aims to enhance global awareness about the challenges of space debris, and to form a platform for global dialogue to address this great challenge.
The conference is organized by the Saudi Space Agency in cooperation with the Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST) as a hosting partner, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as a partner, and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) as a content partner.
The first keynote speech of the conference on its second day, entitled “A Mission to Remove Space Debris from Earth’s Orbit,” was delivered by Mr. Luc Piguet, who touched on the efforts made to remove space debris, which poses an increasing threat to Earth’s orbit and space systems, adding that the cost of removing a single piece exceeds $100 million. , calling for finding global solutions and deepening international cooperation to confront this challenge.
Regarding “space debris mitigation and removal,” the first session discussed the efforts made by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, including work on developing satellite technologies and their remote sensing feature, in addition to its work on making improvements to robots to ensure their future employment in the field of space debris removal. The session participants explained that the increase in space debris is directly linked to the increase in risks that may affect important terrestrial services such as the Internet and scientific research, in addition to its impact on the climate and the economy. The speakers called on countries and governments to enact binding laws that hold operators responsible and oblige them to find solutions.
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