Monday, March 4, 2024

Saudi Space Agency to Organize Space Debris Conference in Riyadh

The Saudi Space Agency is set to organize its first-ever conference titled “Securing the Future Growth of the Global Space Economy” on the 11th and 12th of February, in collaboration with the Communications, Space, and Technology Commission as a host for the event, and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). This event aims to raise global awareness of the growing space debris challenges and create a platform for international dialogue on this pressing issue.

Taking place in Riyadh, the conference is poised to be a leading platform, uniting space industry leaders, experts, and enthusiasts. It will spotlight the escalating issue of space debris, discuss ways to combat it through effective global governance and explore the necessary policies and legislation. The event also aims to foster pioneering research in the field.

Dr. Mohammed AlTamimi, CEO of the Saudi Space Agency, emphasized the importance of the Space Debris Conference in reflecting the agency’s commitment to enhancing sustainability in space. He pointed out that the event offers a vital platform for fostering discussions and sharing expert insights, all directed towards achieving a sustainable and forward-looking space environment. Dr. AlTamimi further noted the conference’s potential to drive various innovative outcomes, particularly in strengthening international collaboration in space management.

The event is set to encourage partnerships among government agencies, the private sector, academia, and research institutions, contributing to the development of creative solutions to sector challenges, including mitigating the effects of space debris. The conference will cover various critical issues, most notably analyzing the growing concern of space debris. It aims to explore hurdles in relevant legislation and policy-making while focusing on necessary adaptations and mitigation strategies for space debris. Discussions will be integrated into a strategic roadmap to tackle this issue.

A significant part of the conference will be devoted to encouraging discussions and consultations on the possibilities of innovative research in space debris removal, with a special emphasis on the role of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence in managing space traffic. The agency’s announcement of the forthcoming conference underscores its dedication to promoting environmental sustainability and the sustainable use of outer space.

The conference is set to underscore the obstacles posed by space debris, thereby raising public awareness about this critical environmental concern. It also aims to foster support for innovative research projects, particularly those focused on developing effective solutions to address the issue of space debris.

Umair Aslam
Umair Aslam is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Defense Insight. He has worked as a defense journalist reporting on military modernization programs, defense industry, arms procurement, and emerging technologies.

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