The Outer Space Institute

For the sustainable development of space

Who we are

The Outer Space Institute (OSI) is a network of world-leading space experts united by their commitment to highly innovative, transdisciplinary research that addresses grand challenges facing the continued use and exploration of space. Comprised of physical scientists, social scientists, lawyers, engineers, industry leaders, and policy makers, there is no other body like it anywhere. The transdisciplinary approach enables the OSI to identify challenges, opportunities, and solutions that have been overlooked by other groups. By breaking down barriers that prevent people in different fields from working together, the OSI is able to further challenge assumptions that are often taken for granted in building public policy.

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Improving casualty risk estimates for uncontrolled rocket body reentries

Ewan Wright, Aaron Boley, Michael Byers. Journal of Space Safety Engineering. February 8, 2024.

Joint Submission to the Summit of the Future on the Topic of Outer Space Governance 

Project Ploughshares and the Outer Space Institute. December 2023.

With contributions from: Jessica West, Paul Meyer, David Kendall, Adam Bower, Mac Evans, Aaron Boley, Michael Byers, and Ram Jakhu.

Anti-satellite weapon tests to disrupt large satellite constellations

Aaron Boley and Michael Byers. Nature Astronomy, December 28, 2023.

Available with open access here. Find an author copy of the article here.



The Outer Space Institute

The Outer Space Institute
The University of British Columbia
325-6224 Agricultural Rd.
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


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