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Space Café Canada with Dr. Jessica West

December 3, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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This Space Café Canada will feature astronomer Aaron Boley and legal expert Michael Byers, Co-Directors of the Outer Space Institute at the University of British Columbia, in conversation with Dr. Jessica West, Senior Researcher at Project Ploughshares and a friend of SpaceWatch.Global.

Collision course: anti-satellite weapon testing and the crisis of space debris

The testing of kinetic ASAT weapons in space isn’t new, but the growing density of satellites and even humans in orbit drastically changes the risk of catastrophic collisions from space debris, making a bad idea even worse.

Is it time for a ban?

This episode of Space Café Canada will feature Dr. Aaron Boley, a Canada Research Chair in Planetary Astronomy, and Dr. Michael Byers, a Canada Research Chair in Global Politics, and Co-Directors of the Outer Space Institute. Focused on the grand challenges facing the continued use and exploration of outer space, their most recent work has examined the looming collision course of two pressing sustainability challenges: mega-constellations, and debris-causing anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons.

Join us for a candid conversation on the nature and risks of the use of kinetic ASAT weapons in outer space, including the latest Russian test, as we consider the merits and feasibility of a test ban.

This Space Café Canada will be conducted in English.

SpaceWatch.Global is a Switzerland-based digital magazine and portal for those interested in space and the far-reaching impact of the space sector.

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And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war anymore. – Isaiah 2:4

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