The Global Satellite Operators Association hopes to play a key role and drive better behaviors in the area of space sustainability.
The Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA) has released its Code of Conduct on Space Sustainability, calling on operators to implement responsible practices that mitigate the risk of in-orbit collision, minimise the threat of non-trackable debris, protect humans in space and limit effects on optical astronomy.
Satellite communications services provide essential connectivity that complements terrestrial networks and contributes to the delivery of universal service and coverage. Satellite connectivity can significantly help reduce todays digital divide, as the number of satellite broadband users is set to double to at least 500m people by 2030.
Isabelle Mauro, Director General of GSOA, said: “Satellites in all orbits deliver vital satellite connectivity and high throughput broadband services. While they offer great promises in bridging the digital divide, they must be launched, deployed, operated and disposed of in a responsible manner.”
As the only CEO-driven satellite association in the world, GSOA a global industry organisation representing more than 70 Members, with satellite operators in all orbits, launchers, suppliers and partners takes the lead in addressing global challenges, seizing opportunities, and providing a unified voice for the satellite industry.
GSOA Chairman Dan Goldberg, CEO of Telesat Corporation, added: The satellite industry has proven vital to helping bridge the digital divide and connect the unconnected, whether they are on land, at sea or in the air. These vital services depend on protecting and preserving access to space. The development and industry-wide approval of the Code of Conduct is an important step in identifying best practices and mitigations to preserve access to space for future generations.
GSOA Vice-Chair, Ali Alhashemi, Group CEO of Yahsat, stated: As the satellite industry continues to grow and is expected to bring socio-economic benefits worth more than $250bn globally, it is important that the industry works together to implement key sustainability practices that enable the world to continue benefitting from satellites.”
Eva Berneke, GSOA Vice-Chair, and CEO of Eutelsat Group, commented: The Code of Conduct is a significant first step in safeguarding space resources. GSOA will continue to analyse additional matters and progress its work and efforts in this important area.
The Code of Conduct endorses, and recommends that operators comply with practices in four space sustainability areas: Mitigating the risk of in-orbit collision; minimising the threat of non-trackable debris; preserving human life in space; and limiting impact on optical astronomy.