"Space traffic management" for the prevention of weaponization of outer space

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Abstract

Since the setting-up of the CD, no proposals have been endorsed for the further discussions to adopt a treaty on the prevention of weaponization in outer space, and today, it seems difficult to even re-establish the ad hoc Committee on Prevention of Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS), In contrast, entering into the 21st century, the notion of "space traffic management" (STM) has become prevalent in securing safety use of outer space. STM has been introduced as a broad concept including the space debris mitigation measures, frequencies and slot management, the pre-launch notification systems and concrete space traffic rules. Can the pursuit of the STM (space safety) be a proxy to the arms control measures (space security)? The conclusion would be positive if the following conditions are satisfied: (1) As a goal, emphasis is to be place upon the safety itself, not security; (2) definition of space weapons, weaponization, or ASAT would be carefully avoided; (3)soft law frameworks would be selected; and (4) such soft law frameworks are adopted and carried out by the like-minded states outside the CD as a first step.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Pages9874-9890
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Event59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 2008 Sep 292008 Oct 3

Publication series

NameInternational Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Volume15

Other

Other59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period08/9/2908/10/3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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    Aoki, S. (2008). "Space traffic management" for the prevention of weaponization of outer space. In International Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008 (pp. 9874-9890). (International Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008; Vol. 15).