US and six partner countries sign on new space operations vision

WASHINGTON – The United States, along with six partner nations, has laid out a vision for future space activities, focusing on interoperability and responsible use of the space domain.

Three pages Combined Space Operations Vision 2031released on Tuesday, was developed by the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom with the aim of enhancing cooperation among partner countries as well as promoting security in the airspace. time.

“CSpO is an initiative that addresses the overarching need to encourage responsible use of space, recognizing the challenges to space sustainability, the threats posed by technological advancements, and the increasingly comprehensive and active space programs of other countries,” the US Department of Defense said in a press release. release.

The release of the document comes amid growing concern about irresponsible actions in space and after Russia’s anti-satellite test in November, which is estimated to have produced around 1,500 trackable debris. The Biden administration has requested rules and standards for responsible behavior in space, one of the top priorities of the National Space Council.

The vision outlines four goals – conflict prevention, unification of efforts, mission assurance, and defense and protection – and outlines six lines of effort within those goals. Those initiatives include the development of Spatial architecture is more flexible, more compatible with each other and more intelligence and share information. The countries also agreed on the importance of strengthening command, control and communications capabilities and cooperation in strategic communication efforts.

“The parties to the CSpO are committed to pursuing the goals and endeavors outlined above in line with our shared guiding principles to achieve our national and collective interests,” the document states. clear. “The vast opportunities and challenges presented by the rapidly changing spatial domain require collaboration to promote responsible behavior and promote a safe, stable, and sustainable domain.”

Courtney Albon is C4ISRNET’s space and emerging technology reporter. She previously served with the Internal Defense Force and the United States Air Force for the Internal Defense Force.

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