Tracking space security: Are we ready to go live?

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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 …

News Release: Ready for crisis in outer space?

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An annual assessment of the security of outer space warns that a crisis is looming if we do not constrain the use of force in outer space. Space Security Index 2016 tracks developments and activities in 2015 related to four indicators of the security of outer space – environmental sustainability, access to and use of space, technologies for space security, …

A crisis in outer space

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Operators in outer space have managed a variety of mostly natural threats throughout the space age. Today they also face a growing arsenal of manmade threats (e.g., cyberattacks, jamming, etc.), from both state and non-state actors. The continued testing and development of anti-satellite weapons (ASATs) and the shrinking opportunity to separate activities in space from geopolitical flashpoints on Earth represent …

Why we work for space security

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Our dependence on outer space continues to grow as mining emerges as the next frontier of resource extraction Recently it was announced that David Saint-Jacques will be Canada’s next astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The adventure aside, we don’t always take the time to understand the benefits of space travel and exploration. In this case, ISS crew members …

Civil society statement on outer space security

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First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly  – Disarmament and International Security Delivered by Cesar Jaramillo, Project Ploughshares – 16 October 2015 Click here for PDF version. Nearly six decades into the space age, it is increasingly clear that the precepts and underlying assumptions of existing space law fall short of addressing the drastically changed reality of outer space …

Meeting the challenge of space debris

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Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 4 Winter 2014 Click here to download the full report. Space Security Index 2014 is the eleventh annual report on developments related to safety, sustainability, and security in outer space. The definition of space security guiding this report reflects the intent of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty that outer …

How Secure is Outer Space? Assessing the Threat to Space

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Author Claire Jolly Key activities in everyday life—weather forecasting, global communications and broadcasting, disaster prevention and relief—depend increasingly on the unobtrusive utilization of space technologies. Over the coming decades, space-related applications, such as land-use management, distance education, telemedicine, precision farming, and monitoring of various international treaties, will hold important socioeconomic promise. Assessing space security Factors to consider when assessing space …

Space Security 2013

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Space Security is an annual report on trends and developments related to security and outer space. Actions and developments related to space security are assessed according to nine indicators: the space environment; space situational awareness; space laws, policies and doctrines; civil space programs and global utilities; commercial space; space support for terrestrial military operations; space systems protection; space systems negation; and …

Space Security 2012

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Space Security is an annual report on trends and developments related to security and outer space. Actions and developments related to space security are assessed according to nine indicators: the space environment; space situational awareness; space laws, policies and doctrines; civil space programs and global utilities; commercial space; space support for terrestrial military operations; space systems protection; space systems negation; and …

Space Security 2011

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Size: 4MB The physical properties of outer space are distinctly different from the terrestrial environment. Human activities are rarely correctable and could render important parts of space un-useable. While space has become a strategic focus for national security interests, its appeal has also increased for commercial purposes. The distinctions between civil, military and commercial space assets are blurring, creating interdependence …