More than 27,000 pieces of orbital debris, or “space junk,” are tracked by the Department of Defense’s global Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensors. Much more debris -- too small to be tracked, but large enough to threaten human spaceflight and robotic missions -- exists in the near-Earth space environment.
RMIT University academic Dr Binoy Kampmark explains how the United Nations (The UN) works.
In this video, the Director of UNOOSA and the Associate Administrator of NASA introduce the landmark agreement between UNOOSA and NASA to advance sustainable development through space applications and ensure that all countries, including developing ones, contribute and benefit from space exploration.
Learn how space can be an invaluable tool for the Sustainable Development Goals and how the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and DigitalGlobe are working together.
Last year, which marked the sixtieth anniversary of the first artificial satellite in orbit, a record number of orbiting objects were registered with the United Nations, reflecting the growing interest of all types of actors in participating in the frontier field of space exploration and innovation.
This report explores the role of space technologies in accelerating sustainable development and the benefits of international research collaboration in this context. It presents applications of space science and technology for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including in ensuring food security, reducing the risk of disasters, preventing humanitarian crises, monitoring natural resources and reducing poverty, as well as telecommunications and health.