The Unresolved Issues of ASAT Tests in Space
As we reflect on the two-year anniversary of the November 2021 Russian ASAT test against Kosmos 1408, the persisting challenges call for urgent advocacy against such activities. With over 1806 debris pieces created, and 58 still in orbit and 1748 that have reentered, the risks to satellites, astronauts, air traffic and more generally human life remain.
The repeated risks of KOSMOS 1408 debris collision with the International Space Station and active satellites underscores the tangible threats of ASAT tests. Advocating against these activities is crucial to safeguarding space assets and ensuring the sustainability of space operations.
Space Situational Awareness (SSA) solutions are essential in addressing the aftermath of ASAT tests and other threatening debris, offering real-time monitoring and collision avoidance services. As the space environment evolves, advanced SSA capabilities are essential for ensuring the safety of both satellites and astronauts.
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