A world where living, working, and exploring in space will be as familiar to humanity as life on our home planet.
OUR MISSIONWe 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
WHAT IS THE ASTRONAUT PERSPECTIVE?
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
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 Statement: English | Russian