Nothing more has happened in space than today. There are commercial activities Exploded In the last five years, private space agencies have launched rockets, placed satellites in orbit and bid for missions to the moon.
But some experts are concerned that the operation is far ahead of international agreements that govern who can do what in space. These national policies were written and adopted long before the commercial aerospace sector heated up.
Now, countries are realizing that they need to update those agreements. This week, United Nations Disarmament Research Institute Held its annual Outer Space Security Conference In Geneva, Switzerland (participants had the option of attending in person or in person). For two days, diplomats, researchers and military officials from around the world met to discuss threats and challenges, arms control and space security. Their conversation provided an opportunity to learn what the new space policy might look like.
Here are some notable takeaways.
Weapons can be competitive
Some experts worry that space could become the next battleground. The use of counter space technology is increasing. For example, Russia And China Recently tested anti-satellite missiles, and the United States has long held similar capabilities.
“I’m claiming we’re seeing an arms race,” he said. Benjamin Silverstein, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a researcher in the space project. “We have probably crossed the point where it is wise to focus our main efforts on preventing arms competition.”
Silverstein said that instead of resistance, new policies should focus on minimizing the negative consequences of this arms race. He called on the United Nations and the states to use their diplomatic resources to clarify and improve relations between rival actors.