Manama, May 21 (BNA): The National Space Science Agency (NSSA) has participated in the series of webinars on “Sustainable Space Flight”, hosted by the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.
NSSA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Aseeri, took part in the seminar, themed “The impact of space activities in low earth orbit”, and moderated by Dr. Luciano Anselmo, from the Italian National Research Council.
Commenting, Dr. Aseeri said: “It is known that the immediate surroundings of Earth in space are an important factor in reaching the UN sustainable development goals. Moreover, satellite missions for communication, navigation, weather forecasting and other types of earth observation need a safe working environment between low earth orbit and geostationary orbit in order to give humanity important and irreplaceable tools for reaching these goals. However, the safety of this working environment is threatened by the current increase in launch activities mainly by private companies, and because of irresponsible experiments that are carried out from time to time.”
He added: “Together with other speakers, we want to shed light on the current and future development of space flight and how sustainable access and use of space can be achieved in order to contribute to a sustainable future for the whole planet. Our interest in space is increasing, and our daily lives have become linked to it more than ever. Therefore, maintaining the sustainability of the safe use of space has become an urgent issue and requires cooperation among various countries and the relevant international organisations to implement the treaties regulating the space sector approved by the UN General Assembly. Among the most important recommendations made by the seminar is to review a number of previous agreements that were drawn up in the 1980s to keep pace with the requirements of the current situation and define the main features of space security in the future.”
It is worth noting that the Kingdom is an active member of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and its sub-committees, the most important of which is the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which includes the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, and the Legal Subcommittee.
Bahrain has already ratified three international treaties concerned with space, and has been actively contributing to providing legal and technical opinion to the UNOOSA since its official accession.