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A world where living, working, and exploring in space will be as familiar to humanity as life on our home planet.


We apply the unique perspective of our astronaut / cosmonaut members to promote the global benefits of space science, exploration and international cooperation; to educate and inspire future generations; and to foster better stewardship of our home planet.





Next European Astronaut Reunion
May 7-10, 2020



ASE XXXIII Planetary Congress
September 27 – October 3, 2020
Budapest, Hungary



Space Traffic Management / Orbital Debris

In 2017, the ASE membership agreed that Space Traffic  Management and Orbital Debris are issues of concern needing to be addressed to ensure safe and coordinated operations in earth orbit and ASE formed a Committee on Space Traffic Management and Orbital Debris, chartered to participate in developing a path forward for international coordination to ensure safe spaceflight through space traffic management and orbital debris mitigation.  At the XXXI Congress in Belarus, the ASE unanimously approved a General Statement urging the international spacefaring nations to rapidly develop policies, technologies, protocols and/or treaties on Space Traffic Management (STM) in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) that would assess impact risk from space debris objects: Read the Statement:  English | Russian

“The ASE urges the international spacefaring nations to rapidly develop policies, technologies, protocols and/or treaties on Space Traffic Management (STM) in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) that would assess impact risk from space debris objects. Development of a US Space Traffic Management (STM) structure is a first step, but the US is only one element of a growing international launch market. Space debris objects know no international boundaries, travelling around the planet in about 90 minutes each orbit (~17,500 mph or ~28,164 km/h). Similar to the history of aviation and maritime operations, the international space sector should collaborate in order to keep the doors of space open and safe for everyone.”

Below are links to a number of documents that show progress being made in addressing Space Traffic Management and Orbital Debris issues.  In most of these, ASE members were directly involved in developing the recommendations and writing the documents.  The ASE has consistently recommended a holistic approach to STM&OD that would include a comprehensive and structured program including:

     Collision Avoidance and Data Sharing

     Debris Mitigation

     Behavior Guidelines (Code of Conduct)

     Oversight Organization or Body

     Communications Strategy

“Space Traffic Management (STM): Balancing Safety, Innovation, and Growth”
AIAA Position Paper 

November 2017

“National Space Traffic Management Policy”

Presidential Memoranda: Space Policy Directive-3 (SPD-3)

18 June 2018

“ASE General Statement on Space Traffic

Management and Space Debris Objects”

ASE XXXI Planetary Congress Statement

14 September 2018

“Mitigation of Orbital Debris in the New Space Age”
Federal Communications Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

19 November 2018

“Request for Information on Commercial Capabilities in Space Situational Awareness Data and Space Traffic Management Services”

U.S Department of Commerce

11 April 2019

“Guidelines for the Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities”

U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

Approved June 2019

Longitudinal Surveillance of Astronaut Health

At the XXX ASE Planetary Congress in 2017, the international Executive Committee and membership approved establishment of an international ASE committee on astronaut/cosmonaut longitudinal health to evaluate  future collaboration between the national space agencies with respect to sharing pre- and post-flight medical information which will contribute to the health of future exploration astronauts and cosmonauts. At the XXXI Congress in Belarus, the ASE unanimously approved a General Statement regarding the collection and analyses of human physiological data important to space exploration – to safely leaving Low Earth Orbit (LEO) or to extending LEO mission duration. Read the StatementEnglish | Russian

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XXXIII Congress
September 27 - October 3
Budapest, Hungary

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