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United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was set up by the General Assembly in 1959 to review the scope of international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space, to devise programmes in this field to be undertaken under United Nations auspices, to encourage continued research and the dissemination of information on outer space matters, and to study legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space.

Number of Member States in the Committee: 74

The Committee has two standing Subcommittees of the whole:

  • the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee
  • the Legal Subcommittee

The Committee and its two Subcommittees meet annually to consider questions put before them by the General Assembly, reports submitted to them and issues raised by the Member States. The Committee and the Subcommittees, working on the basis of consensus, make recommendations to the General Assembly. Detailed information on the work of the Committee and the Subcommittees are contained in their annual reports.


Fiftieth session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee

11-22 February 2013

The fiftieth session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was held from 11 -22 February 2013 at the United Nation Office at Vienna, Vienna International Center, Vienna, Austria.

PROGRAMME FOR MONDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2013

  • IAF President’s Statement
  • IAF Symposium on the theme “Overview of studies and concepts for active orbital debris removal”
  • IAC 2013 Reception

Pictures’ gallery from the events

 

More information on the COPUOS and the Programme of the 50th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the COPUOS can be found here
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IAF Symposium at 50th COPUOS STSC

“Overview of studies and concepts for active orbital debris removal”

Download the programme and report of the IAF Symposium as well as the speakers’ presentations:

IAF Symposium Report


US Active debris removal efforts

Darren McKNight, Technical Director for Integrity Applications, Inc.
(IAI), Chantilly, Virginia, USA

Active Debris Removal activities in CNES
Christophe Bonnal, Senior expert, Launcher Directorate, CNES, Paris,
France

Space Debris Related Activities- Japanese Case
Tetsuo Yasaka, Professor Emeritus, Kyushu University,
QPS Institute

ISTC activities on Space Debris Problem
Tatiana Ryshova, ISTC, Moscow, Russian Federation

The German on Orbit Servicing Mission DEOS
Alin Albu-Schaeffer, Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, German
Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Status of ADR developments at the Swiss Space Center
Muriel Richard, Swiss Space Center, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de
Lausanne, Switzerland

The ESA Clean Space Initiative
Luisa Innocenti, European Space Agency (ESA)

The Non-Technical Challenges of Active Debris Removal
Brian Weeden, Technical Advisor, Secure World Foundation, Broomfield,
Colorado, USA