Comment provided by Ewan Wright, Charlotte Hook, Aaron Boley and Michael Byers
In February 2023, the OSI, McGill Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL), and the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) hosted a group of interdisciplinary experts in Montreal, Canada for two days of discussion on the risks that uncontrolled space object reentries pose to commercial aviation activity. The Montreal Recommendations are the result of these discussions. You can also find the workshop’s opening remarks by Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar, the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) here.
On 18 April 2022, Vice President Kamala Harris announced that the United States would commit to not conduct destructive, direct-ascent ASAT (anti-satellite) missile tests. Read a statement by OSI co-directors Aaron Boley and Michael Byers on the development.
In early March 2020, two dozen experts convened at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Brought together by the Outer Space Institute, they came from a wide range of countries and backgrounds, including government, industry, and academia. The composition of the group was very transdisciplinary, with representation from astronomy, planetary science, engineering, environmental science, international relations, and international law. The experts adopted the following Recommendations concerning space mining: PDF . The Recommendations were drafted in consultation with industry leaders, the CSA, GAC, and NRCan.
On 6 April 2020, the President of the United States signed an Executive Order on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources wherein the U.S. Administration takes the unprecedented position that outer space is not a global commons. The following open letter strongly urges the Government of Canada to reiterate its policy that outer space is a global commons and work through multilateral forums to seek a widely-supported international agreement on how space resources should be recovered and used: PDF
The Recommendations were adopted at an international workshop on ‘Space Debris and National Security’ on Salt Spring Island, Canada, on January 10 and 11, 2020. They reflect a consensus view, and should not be attributed to the individual participants. The workshop was convened by the Outer Space Institute and the University of British Columbia with financial support from the Canadian Department of National Defence and the Salt Spring Forum: PDF