DAVOS, 17th January, 2023 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi Space Debate, a leading space policy and strategy forum, hosted a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum. The panel was held at the UAE Pavilion on January 17 under the theme “The Future of the Planet: LEO Politics in the 21st Century”. Leading experts in the field gathered to discuss the issue of clutter in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), and the challenges and opportunities that LEO presents, currently the most valuable part of human presence in space.
“This panel discussion, hosted by Space Debate Abu Dhabi, reflects the UAE’s leading and strategic international position. Our participation in the World Economic Forum provides us with the ideal platform to share our vision and plans for the future and develop solutions to ensure the sustainability, while fostering collaboration among industry-leading global stakeholders and strengthening the UAE’s position as a key player in international decision-making,” said Her Excellency Sarah Bint Yousif Al Amiri, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency and Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technologies Say.
Moderated by McKinsey & Company partner Jesse Klempner, the panel featured thought leaders and industry experts including Dylan Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Voyager Space, William Marshall, Co-Founder and CEO of Planet Labs, and Lockheed Martin Aerospace vice president Dan Tenney.
Home to many satellite devices, including communications, GPS and Earth observation, low Earth orbit also hosts the International Space Station. However, the growing clutter of space debris is posing an existential threat and the possibility of international conflict. The panel discussed the process of developing new regulations to protect access to this limited resource for existing and new stakeholders, from emerging space nations to private sector players, and to avoid the threat of further collisions and conflicts.
The Abu Dhabi Space Debate is dedicated to fostering discussion and dialogue on the most pressing issues of the global space community, including this panel discussion on LEO clutter and the one organized at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 16-20 Many events, 2023.
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