ESSI Bulletin #06: Progress update March 2024

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Category: Industry

Thank you again for your exceptional support on Friday 23 February during our on-line drop-in session. More than 80 of you joined us for more than an hour, and we’ve been busy with your follow-up calls and your offers for support ever since. To be notified of our next drop-in sessions, and receive our update bulletins, please sign-up with the contact form here.

For those who could not make the session, we provide a summary of it here. The big news that we reported was that the contract between UK Space Agency and the British Standards Institution (BSI) to produce the first two space sustainability standards is now signed.

To date, the ESSI Space Sustainability Standards have been wholly supported by the UK Space Agency and we are immensely grateful to their Space Sustainability team and the BSI team for putting this contract into place.

The first standard will be the overall Framework Standard, largely created from ESSI’s Memorandum of Principles for Space Sustainability from 27 June 2023, which so many of you were involved in helping to draft and which was signed by more than 130 companies, organisations and individuals. The second will be the Launch Standard.

To begin the process, and with the support of industry members, ESSI has drafted and supplied BSI with a ‘base document’ to work from for each standard. The base document is what we call an ESSI Space Sustainability Principle (SSP). Together with each SSP, ESSI has submitted the names of over 30 industry experts who will form the two BSI Advisory Groups to review and finalise each of these two SSPs, forming them into BSI Flex Space Sustainability Standards for publication in the coming months.

As for the implementation, we have already started conversations as to how the Space Sustainability Standards will be implemented into national regulation and licensing requirements.

We are now having conversations with industry and academia about the next nine SSPs looking for people to both lead and support these drafting activities. As ever, if you would like to discuss joining these teams, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can schedule a call with you. Engagement from industry, academia and other interested parties through in-kind contributions and matched funding is sought and is essential to the successful delivery of all Standards

If you have any questions, please send them to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address.

As ever, thank you for your support and help.

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