Backgrounder: Media briefing at 6th European Conference on Space Debris

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Top 4 findings, panellist names and details on the media briefing held at the end of the 6th European Conference on Space Debris, ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, 25 April 2013.

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Backgrounder: Media briefing at 6th European Conference on Space Debris

  1. 1. 6th European Conference on Space DebrisConcluding Press Conference25 April 2013, 12:45 CEST – 14:15 CESTat ESA‘s Space Operations CentreDarmstadt, GermanyLIVE online:www.livestream.com/eurospaceagency
  2. 2. Press Conference Panelists Chair: Prof. Dr. Heiner Klinkrad, Head of ESA Space Debris Office(& International Academy of Astronautics, IAA) Prof. Dr. Thomas Schildknecht, International Committee on SpaceResearch (COSPAR) Dr. Manuel Metz, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR Christophe Bonnal, Centre national détudes spatiales (CNES / FR) Dr. Claudio Portelli, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI / IT) Dr. Hugh Lewis, UK Space Agency (UKSA)Moderator: Bernhard von Weyhe, ESA Communications
  3. 3. Press Conference ConclusionsEurope’s largest-ever Space Debris (SD) conference concluded:Urgent need to undertake active debris removal andemploy sustainable strategies for future missions1) The necessity for sustainable implementation for future spacemissions, including post-mission disposal2) A consensus on the near-term need for active SD removal3) An urgent need for research and development activities to enable‘pilot’ SD removal missions4) A consensus on SD removal as being an environmental problem ofglobal dimensions that must be assessed in an international context,including UN bodies
  4. 4. 6th European Conference on Space DebrisConcluding Press ConferenceTHANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTIONQUESTIONS ?25 April 2013 at ESA‘s Space Operations CentreDarmstadt, GermanyMore on Space Debris: www.esa.int/debris

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