- Engage with other civil society organizations to encourage the Canadian government to support policies that prevent the weaponization of space.
- Raise awareness of the challenges facing outer space security.
- Build support for a multilateral space security treaty or policy instrument as the basis of an effective regime for space activities.
Space Security Index
The Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University, with support from the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University to develop and promote the Space Security Index—the annual, comprehensive and systematic assessment of international developments that have an impact on the security of outer space.
The objective of the Space Security Index is to facilitate dialogue on space security challenges and potential responses by providing a common knowledge base through its in order to support the development of national and international policies that contribute to the security and sustainability of outer space. The information provided by the Space Security Index can and has been used by its partner organizations for planning purposes in their efforts to establish space governance protocols, treaties and conventions that provide for the secure and peaceful use of space.
The hypotheses guiding the research are:
- The security of outer space is vital to both national and international security;
- Space security is best defined as the secure and sustainable access to and use of space, and freedom from space-based threats;
- The strategic space environment is rapidly changing and there are multiple threats to sustainable use and access for all;
- The different indicators of space security are interrelated. Protecting and advancing the security of this operational environment requires a comprehensive and integrated approach;
- There are competing visions of how to achieve space security that can only be bridged through informed dialogue based on a common understanding of space security and the availability of comprehensive data.
- Project Ploughshares staff will present the main findings of Space Security 2015 at various diplomatic missions, multilateral forums, academic institutions and international conferences.
Recent Publications on Space Security
Q&A: In conversation with Ambassador Paul MeyerMarch 27, 2017
January 27, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Outer Space Treaty (OST), one of the most successful international treaties ever concluded. Negotiated in an era of intense military competition sparked by the launch of Sputnik in 1957, the Treaty created a legal framework for the governance of outer space, based on the principle that space is ...
We cannot turn a blind eye to the weaponization of spaceDecember 12, 2016
The many challenges facing the outer space domain can be generally grouped into two broad categories. On the one hand, there are those related to the risks that result from normal peaceful space operations, such us unintentional interference with space assets. On the other, there are clear risks associated with a potential arms race in outer space. While there is ...
Tracking space security: Are we ready to go live?December 12, 2016
The Canadian government sponsored a First Committee side event on 18 October in cooperation with the Space Security Index (SSI), titled “Tracking Space Security: Are We Ready to Go ‘Live’?” The event featured the release of the latest SSI report, Space Security Index 2016, which tracks annual developments and long-term trends related to the security of outer pace, and provided ...