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  • Writer's pictureAgrim Sharma

The government of the United Kingdom has announced new space sustainability measures.

Updated: Jun 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The British government announced a series of measures on June 23, from regulations to funding active debris removal projects, intended to make the country a leader in space sustainability.

The Minister of Science, Research, and Innovation, George Freeman, announced a package of space sustainability measures. On June 23, the Fourth Summit for Space Sustainability will be held in London.

The Minister for Science, Research, and Innovation, George Freeman, announced the Plan for Space Sustainability, which aims to create a standard that will encourage companies, investors, and insurers to adopt best practices for sustainable space operations.

The effort's goal is to "set a global commercial framework for the insurability, licensing, and regulation of commercial satellites so that we can drive down the cost for those who comply with the best standards of sustainability," he said in a speech at the Secure World Foundation and the United Kingdom Space Agency's Fourth Summit for Space Sustainability. "We must integrate sustainability into our commercial sector."

The plan is comprised of four major components, though Freeman provided few details about them in his remarks. One is a review of the regulatory framework in the United Kingdom for all orbital activities. "Our goal is to be at the forefront of global regulatory standards for orbital activities." "We want it to be led by industry and supported by the government," he said.

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