Space & Sustainability Initiative, CU Boulder • Research Assistant

Andrew Swackhamer is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder studying aerospace engineering. Currently a research assistant at the Space and Sustainability Initiative at CU Boulder, he is investigating how the recent rise in commercial space actors has affected the space environment, how taking safe and sustainable actions will affect space business models, and whether there exists the potential for self-governance among commercial actors in lieu of or in addition to legally binding regulation. Andrew organizes and facilitates two of SSI’s four Working Groups, focusing on Orbital Debris and Right of Way scenarios involving conjunctions between two active satellites. In addition to his work with SSI, Andrew was the project lead for CU Boulder’s team that finished second place in the 2020 SEDS-SSPI Competition: Taking Out the Trash, where they researched and detailed the multitude of policy, business, and technological elements involved in adequately addressing the growing congestion of near-Earth space.


International Astronautical Congress 2021

25-29 October 2021

Dubai, United Arab Emirates