Washington D.C. – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) applauds Vice President Harris’ announcement of a United States commitment not to conduct destructive, direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) missile testing. This is an important first step towards an international agreement to prohibit the use of all debris-creating ASAT weapons. CSF looks forward to continuing to work with the Administration on this important initiative.
Recent ASAT tests have created thousands of pieces of debris that have increased the risk of collisions for satellite constellations, space stations, launch vehicles, and astronauts. CSF and its members are dedicated to creating a sustainable and safe space environment that enables a continued human presence in low-Earth orbit (LEO) and reliable access to space. Commercial space activities in LEO and beyond improve life on Earth by providing important environmental monitoring for climate change and weather, as well as enabling global broadband internet access, Earth imagery, and research and development that leads to innovative medical and scientific breakthroughs. The deliberate creation of debris generated by destructive, direct-ascent ASAT missile tests adds substantial risk to the space environment. CSF is committed to working with the United States government to address space sustainability to eliminate the irresponsible, purposeful creation of space debris. Yesterday’s announcement, combined with the recent release of the National Strategy for In-Space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing, will help to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future in space for America, its international partners, and the world.
About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 90 members are laying the foundation for a sustainable space economy and democratizing access to space for scientists, students, civilians, and businesses. CSF members are responsible for the creation of thousands of high-tech jobs driven by billions of dollars in investment. Through the promotion of technology innovation, CSF is guiding the expansion of Earth’s economic sphere, bolstering U.S. leadership in aerospace, and inspiring America’s next generation of engineers and explorers.