On the occasion of the launch of the book “Space Debris Peril: Pathways to Opportunities”, an event featuring Swiss and Japanese contributors to the publication was held at the Residence of the Swiss Ambassador on November 25, 2020. The hybrid event connected the Swiss speaker online with a small group of Japanese guests and was jointly organized by the book’s editors Dr. Matteo Madi and Dr. Olga Sokolova from Switzerland and the Science & Technology Office Tokyo. In order to ensure the safety of the limited number of participants, the Embassy of Switzerland implemented appropriate safety measures which are in line with the Japanese government’s recommendations. 

The event was opened by greetings from the Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan, Dr. Andreas Baum, and a video message from Dr. Renato Krpoun, Head of the Swiss Space Office (SSO). Introductory remarks were followed by presentations from contributors to the book. Dr. Sokolova joined the event online, while Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka (The University of Tokyo) and Prof. Shinichi Kimura (Tokyo University of Science) spoke in front of a strictly limited audience including the President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA, President of the Tokyo University of Science (also acting as Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs), as well as researchers, representatives from start-ups and government officials.

NEWS Source: Science & Technology Office Tokyo, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan



Space Debris Peril
Pathways to Opportunities

Space Debris Peril: Pathways to Opportunities takes readers through the wide spectrum of problems created by space debris – including technical, political, legal and socio-economical aspects – and suggests ways to mitigate its negative consequences and create new opportunities. With chapter contributions from authors at world-renowned universities, private or public entities, and research institutes active in the field of space debris mitigation, space policy and law, risk and resilience, liability and insurance, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject helping the reader to grasp the whole picture of the current space debris remediation challenges.

This book will be of interest to the scientific communities, policy makers, business developers, (re)insurers and international standards developers for space operations and orbital debris mitigation. Also, it should appeal to a broader audience among non-specialists in various sectors and the general public.


A View of the New Space Sector Resilience

Sirin Orbital Systems AG is glad to participate in ESREL 2020 – PSAM15 and to share its view on New Space Sector Resilience! The ESREL 2020 – PSAM15 is the most important conference in the areas of risk, resilience and reliability, taking place only every eight years.

Historically, the public awareness of space hazards was limited to the countries, who had operational scientific space missions. The growing volume and variety of data and signals affect the reliable operation of down-stream (ground-based) systems. Though the old space era can be considered as a resilient era the through analysis shows that this assumption is not correct since it does not fulfil all the criteria of a resilient system such as self-reliance, overlap, diversity and ability to learn. The New Space sector’s rapid development challenges the concept of resilience for this sector. Risk assessment methods for ground-based or terrestrial systems were traditionally based on vulnerability identification for a specific component to an adverse event followed by its functionality loss. The subsequent risk management was focused on hardening specific components to an acceptable risk level in order to prevent the overall system failure. Though higher risk levels were accepted in the old era’s space sector, methodology for risk assessment remained the same. The space paradigm shift results in an increasing number of uncertainties and the New Space sector’s interdependency. This fosters research on new risk assessment methodologies. A large number of risk reports are dedicated to resilience properties in the electricity, nuclear, transportation and other sectors, and the space sector is out of focus. This article aims at presenting a New Space resilience framework, describing methodologies for its assessment and adapting quantitative indices. It is especially important in light of new innovation ecosystems development using New Space capabilities.

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Published by Research Publishing, Singapore.
ISBN/DOI: 978-981-14-8593-0