Space Debris

The United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space has paid particular attention to the issue of preventing and minimizing the creation of space debris. Every year, States and organizations exchange information on their space debris research at the Committee's Scientific and Technical Subcommittee. One important result of those discussions has been a set of Space Debris Mitigation Guidelines, which were endorsed by the General Assembly in 2007. In addition to scientific research, the national and international legal aspects of space debris mitigation measures are being discussed by the Legal Subcommittee. To aid their discussions, a compendium of space debris mitigation standards has been compiled by UNOOSA and, at the request of States, is made publicly available through UNOOSA's website.

In addition to present ongoing scientific and legal discussions, the recovery and return of space debris is a central part of the 1968 Rescue Agreement. The treaty requires that States Parties return any "foreign" space objects discovered in their territory to their owners and that they notify the Secretary-General of any such discovered objects. UNOOSA maintains a list of such recovery notifications here.

See below for recent documents relating to Space Debris. For more documents, search the Documents Database.

 

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Year
Title
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A/AC.105/C.1/116/Add.1
2020
Research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Algeria and the Russian Federation
A/AC.105/C.1/116
2019
Research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Austria, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Italy, Pakistan and Slovakia, as well as from the International Organization for Standardization and the International Space University
A/AC.105/C.1/2019/CRP.8
2019
Research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Russian Federation
A/AC.105/C.1/2019/CRP.7
2019
Research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Japan Thailand and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
A/AC.105/C.1/115/Add.1
2019
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Brazil, Finland, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and the United Arab Emirates
A/AC.105/C.1/115
2019
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Japan, Mexico and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
A/AC.105/C.1/2018/CRP.10
2018
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Algeria and Austria
A/AC.105/C.1/113
2018
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Austria, Brazil, Germany, and Mexico, and the European Space Agency (ESA)
A/AC.105/C.1/2017/CRP.12
2017
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Japan, Pakistan, Slovak Republic and SGAC
A/AC.105/C.1/111/Add.1
2017
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relatingto their collision with space debris
Germany
A/AC.105/C.1/111
2017
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relatingto their collision with space debris
Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and from the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)
A/AC.105/C.1/2016/CRP.8
2016
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Note by the Secretariat
A/AC.105/C.1/110
2016
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
A/AC.105/C.1/2015/CRP.7
2015
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Japan
A/AC.105/C.1/2015/CRP.8
2015
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Space Generation Advisory Council
A/AC.105/C.1/109
2015
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), the Secure World Foundation (SWF) and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).
A/AC.105/C.1/109/Add.1
2015
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Japan & Mexico
A/AC.105/C.1/2014/CRP.8
2014
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Japan
A/AC.105/C.1/2014/CRP.6
2014
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Thailand
A/AC.105/C.1/2014/CRP.7
2014
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Germany
A/AC.105/C.1/108
2014
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
A/AC.105/C.1/2013/CRP.19
2013
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
International Institute of Space Law
A/AC.105/C.1/2013/CRP.4
2013
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Japan
A/AC.105/C.1/107
2013
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
A/AC.105/C.1/2012/CRP.9
2012
European Space Agency's Space Debris and Near Earth Objects Activities in 2011
A/AC.105/C.1/2012/CRP.11
2012
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
Japan
A/AC.105/C.1/2012/CRP.16
2012
Active Debris Removal - An Essential Mechanism for Ensuring the Safety and Sustainability of Outer Space A Report of the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Space Debris Remediation and On-Orbit Satellite Servicing
A/AC.105/C.1/101
2012
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
A/AC.105/978
2010
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris
A/AC.105/951
2010
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris (Germany, Italy, Japan, Myanmar, Poland & Thailand)
A/AC.105/951/Add.1
2010
National research on space debris, safety of space objects with nuclear power sources on board and problems relating to their collision with space debris (Spain)
 

 

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