SWF July 2016 Newsletter
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Upcoming Events
Jul 21, 2016
What's in a Name? Interaction and Evolution in the Geospatial, Space, and Earth Observation Communities in Sunnyvale, CA

Aug 8, 2016
Small Satellite Operator Best Practices for SSA and Conjunction Assessment in Logan, UT

Upcoming Engagements
Jul 12-Sep 1, 2016
Chris Johnson, Michael Simpson, and Ian Christensen will serve as department faculty and guest lecturers at the 2016 ISU SSP in Haifa, Israel

Aug 6-Aug 11, 2016
Ian Christensen and Brian Weeden will attend the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, UT

Secure World Foundation Newsletter

July 2016

Insight - UNCOPUOS and Space Sustainability

By Christopher Johnson, SWF Project Manager

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1348 (XIII) of December 13, 1958, established the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) as the principal international committee to consider humankind’s activities in outer space. First established as an ad hoc committee, COPUOS was made a permanent committee with General Assembly Resolution 1472 (XIV) in 1959. Since the early sixties, COPUOS has met every year, usually alternating between UN Headquarters in New York City and the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1994, COPUOS was moved to the UN in Vienna, Austria, where it has since remained.

Last month in Vienna, COPUOS successfully concluded its 59th annual session.The present seems like an opportune time to consider some current developments from the most recent COPUOS meeting, as well as the Secure World Foundation’s role and approach to this indispensable international forum...continue reading 


Jun 23, 2016
SWF Co-Sponsors Space Security Conference in Prague
SWF was a principal co-sponsor of the Prague Security Studies Institute's conference, "Advancing the Trilateral Europe-U.S.-Japan Space Security Partnership." SWF Executive Director Michael Simpson gave opening remarks, moderated the panel on international norms, and spoke in the final panel. 

Staff Activities and Presentations

Jun 6-8, 2016
Brian Weeden Participates in the 4th International Space Debris Mitigation and Remediation Workshop
SWF Technical Advisor Brian Weeden served as a member of the organizing committee, and co-chaired a session on detecting space debris and operational collision avoidance at the 4th International Space Debris Mitigation and Remediation Workshop, hosted by the French Space Agency in Paris, France. 

Jun 8, 2016
Ian Christensen presents at the 7th joint meeting of The Space Resources Roundtable and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium
SWF Project Manager Ian Christensen gave a presentation entitled "The Policy Context for Space Resources Development" at the 7th joint meeting of The Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS) held June 7-9, 2016 at the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, CO. The meeting featured discussion of the scientific, engineering, and business objectives and challenges behind current activities in space resources development, including the Moon, Mars, and asteroids. Mr. Christensen's presentation is available here.

Jun 10, 2016
Brian Weeden briefs Canadian Officials on Trends and Challenges in the Space Domain
Mr. Brian Weeden participated in the Defence Engagement Program Executive Panel in Ottawa, Canada. Mr. Weeden presented on trends in the space domain, the resulting security challenges, and the ways Canada can help meet those challenges to maintain a safe, secure, and sustainable space environment.

Jun 17, 2016
Chris Johnson Presents at the American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space Law
SWF Project Manager Chris Johnson gave a presentation discussing the international legal context and the legal and political issues surrounding Active Debris Removal and On-Orbit Servicing at the one day space law symposium "Space Law - Current and Future Issues" at Dentons Law Firm in Washington, D.C.


SWF Says Goodbye to Project Manager Laura Delgado López
Jul 1, 2016
On July 8, Ms. Laura Delgado López will conclude her tenure at SWF. Ms. Delgado López contributed a great deal to SWF projects and activities, especially the Human and Environmental Security and Latin American Regional Engagement portfolios. We wish her nothing but continued success as she moves on to perform her role as Senior Executive Account Manager, Environmental Solutions, Space and Intelligence Systems at Harris Corporation. 
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