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Sustainability rating could help avoid space collisions

Image: Miguel Soares [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The European Space Agency is working with partners on a Space Sustainability Rating to encourage responsible behaviour among all organisations sending metal objects out beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.

ESA is working on the initiative, which aims to manage the amount of man-made debris orbiting the Earth, with the World Economic Forum, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab in the United States, the University of Texas at Austin in the US and the company Bryce Space and Technology, it announced on 6 May.

“Solving the growing problem of space debris will require everyone who flies rockets and satellites to adhere to sustainable practices, which doesn’t always happen. Now there will be a way to recognise those who do,” it said.

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