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Dialogue to Continue with China on Space Debris

By Marc Boucher
September 23, 2016
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Dialogue to Continue with China on Space Debris

U.S., China will meet this year to talk space debris, SpaceNews
In a keynote speech here Sept. 22 at the AMOS conference, Frank Rose, the assistant secretary of State for arms control, verification and compliance, said that the upcoming discussion would likely include talk of space debris.
While representatives from the U.S. and China have met previously to talk about civil uses of space, the two sides met for a separate discussion of military space topics for the first time in May. Space debris has been a divisive issue between the countries for nearly a decade.

Related: More satellite collision warnings to come with Space Fence data, SpaceNews
A senior Pentagon official said the U.S. Air Force will need to rethink how it issues satellite collision warnings when a new space object tracking system goes online or risk overwhelming satellite operators and hardware systems with overly cautious alerts.
Marc’s note: This isn’t an issue that’s going to go away. All nations must eventually sit down and deal with space debris. And its going to come at a cost. A safe, secure space environment is in everyone’s best interest.
Next Thursday, September 29th at 2:30 pm ET, SpaceRef will broadcast live the International Astronautical Congress plenary session “Projection and Stability of the Orbital Debris Environment in the Light of Planned Mega-Constellation Deployments” which deals with space debris.

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