The LEO Kinetic Space Safety Workshop aims to provide specific solutions and pragmatic actions to enhance collisional space safety in low Earth orbit (LEO). The workshop will bring together international experts, space practitioners and others to debate specific solutions over the course of two days. Keynote speakers will detail the current state-of-the-art in spacecraft impact tolerance, collision avoidance, debris prevention and debris remediation. Interactive roundtable discussions will assess the identified proposals, focusing on their benefit, cost and maturity.
The workshop will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland and online.
The accelerating pace of commercial space activity and the increasing frequency of debris generating events have led to an unprecedented growth of the population of objects in low Earth orbit (LEO). Industry, governments and others are concerned for the near-term safety of operational satellites and the longer-term stability of the space environment. Space safety and sustainability have galvanized stakeholder communities, but specific, meaningful solutions remain largely elusive.
The LEO Kinetic Space Safety Workshop aims to provide specific solutions and pragmatic actions to enhance LEO collisional space safety. The workshop will bring together international experts, space practitioners and others to debate specific solutions over the course of two days. Keynote speakers will detail the current state-of-the-art in spacecraft impact tolerance, collision avoidance, debris prevention and debris remediation. Interactive roundtable discussions will assess the identified proposals, focusing on their benefit, cost and maturity.
Kinetic Space Safety: All measures to minimize collision risk for current and future space systems
The planning committee for this workshop, which includes Darren McKnight (Senior Technical Fellow, LeoLabs), Tim Maclay (CTO, ClearSpace), Chris Kunstadter (Global Head of Space, AXA XL), Christophe Bonnal (Senior Expert, CNES), Brian Weeden (Director of Program Planning, Secure World Foundation), Dan Oltrogge (Director, Integrated Operations and Research, COMSPOC), Hugh Lewis (Professor, Southampton University), Satomi Kawamoto (JAXA), Marie-Valentine Florin (IRGC Executive Director, EPFL), Frank Schäfer (Deputy director, EMI Fraunhofer) and Walt Everetts (VP, Satellite Operations and Ground Development, Iridium), will lead a series of keynotes and round table discussions to refine our collective understanding of the cost, benefit, and maturity of various space safety activities.
The workshop uses a three-step process combining a comprehensive industry survey and a hybrid workshop (i.e., in-person and virtual). It aims to create a prioritized list of kinetic space safety activities for use by the space community to drive policy, regulation, development activities, and operational practices.
Before the workshop, a community polling allows any interested party to identify and assess solutions for kinetic space safety (delay April 15th). After the workshop, the organizers intend to publish two papers: a position paper, informed by the workshop, with specific recommendations that will serve as a call to action for addressing these challenges, and a compilation and analysis of the results of the community polling.
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Concerning COVID: There are currently no restrictions in Switzerland. However, masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the registration desk, and we encourage anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask to please do so. If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you do not attend in person and join us online. If you need a COVID test, there is a testing site on the EPFL campus.