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Aerospace 2018, 5(2), 55; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace5020055

The Legal Framework for Space Debris Remediation as a Tool for Sustainability in Outer Space

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Institute of Air and Space Law, University of Cologne, 50923 Köln, Germany
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Institute of Space Systems, Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhemina zu Braunschweig, 38108 Braunschweig, Germany
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Received: 28 February 2018 / Revised: 18 April 2018 / Accepted: 2 May 2018 / Published: 9 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Space Debris: Impact and Remediation)
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Abstract

The growth of orbital space debris is both a consequence of and a potential hindrance to space activities. The risks posed by space debris propagation in the most used orbital regions highlight the need to adequately address the challenges posed to the sustainability in outer space. The preservation of the access to and usability of outer space in the long-term requires that action is taken which has to be the result of both mitigation and remediation measures for existing and future space missions. As the enforcement of such technical measures will depend on adequate regulation, they need to be approached also from a legal perspective. The deficiencies in law for space debris remediation mechanisms originate from the fact that although technical concepts have been developed, the legal framework for space activities does not impose any legal obligations for debris removal and on-orbit servicing. Nevertheless, an overview of the relevant legal framework shows that there is a legal basis for the protection of the outer space environment which can, as has already been the case with space debris mitigation guidelines, be substantiated in more concrete terms by the formulation of voluntary, non-binding instruments and included in national legislation. View Full-Text
Keywords: space debris; remediation; sustainability; space law; environmental protection; orbital propagation; reference models; space debris mitigation guidelines; active debris removal space debris; remediation; sustainability; space law; environmental protection; orbital propagation; reference models; space debris mitigation guidelines; active debris removal
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