SGAC is proud to act as the forum for the next generation of space sector leaders to discuss and debate current topics in international space policy. This overarching SGAC Project Group produces papers with input from a broad sample of our members and embodies SGAC’s purpose as envisioned from our beginnings at the United Nations. From perspectives on space situational awareness and space debris to thoughts on exploration and space workforce issues, the members of the young space community have opinions to share.
The Commercial Space project group understands itself as a forum and “think tank” on topics regarding the commercial use and the vibrant commercialization of space activities for members of the young generation. The group’s research interests lay in 1) the Context of Commercial Space, 2) Commercial Space Models and Market Segments, 3) the Role of Policy and Law in Shaping the Commercial Space Industry, and 4) Business Models / Entrepreneurship. Besides academic research, the group’s goal is to motivate and support the involvement of young people in commercial space activities, through competitions, round tables, webinars and the like.
The Near Earth Object (NEO) Project Group is dedicated to helping the worldwide planetary defence community to meet one of nature’s greatest challenges. The group provides a youth perspective to planetary defence through annual reports, competitions, conference attendance, and public outreach projects related to Near Earth Objects.
SGAC Space Exploration Project Group focuses on ongoing and future deep space manned and unmanned missions. The main aim of the Group is to create an international and interdisciplinary forum focused on different aspects of space exploration, including: development of exploration technologies and capabilities; safety enhancement; performance of space, Earth and applied science; search for life; stimulation of economic expansion, and many more. Our focus is the Global Exploration Roadmap (GER) currently being developed by 14 space agencies around the world. The GER Strategy reflects the international effort to prepare collaborative space exploration beginning with the International Space Station, continuing to the Moon, near-Earth asteroids and with the ultimate goal of a manned mission to Mars.
The Space Law & Policy Project Group was established in the summer of 2012 at the initiative of SGAC members pursuing legal training and building careers in the intersection of the legal profession and the space industry. Open to all members of the SGAC, the group will serve as a forum for young professionals and university students interested in space law and policy and looking to work together to have their voices heard in the global discussion on the legal and policy aspects of outer space. Dedicated to investigating and addressing current issues in international and national space law and policy, and anticipating likely space law and policy issues in the coming decades, the Project Group will pursue projects relevant to the field of space law and policy, and to the broader international space community.
The space environment is an international domain and requires collaborative efforts from all space-faring nations to ensure the safety and sustainability of this environment. It is therefore essential that there is a wider awareness of an international culture of space safety and sustainability among the space community. The Space Safety and Sustainability Project Group will assist in building the highest possible degree of uniformity in regulations and standards, procedures and organisation regarding space safety and sustainability. This will be achieved through meetings, reports, conference presentations, competitions, and outreach projects.
Small satellite programs are particularly attractive since they are “affordable”. There shall be no surprises in the near future, if more and more developing countries, groups from the academic world or even small teams of space enthusiasts develop their own space mission based on small satellites. The small satellite platform is catering to new actors such as developing countries, students, and amateurs. The SGAC recognises the changing landscape of space exploration using small satellites and initiating the Small Satellite Project Group.
The Space Medicine and Life Sciences (SMLS) Project Group aims to provide an international, interprofessional, and interdisciplinary platform for young professionals with an interest in space medicine and the life sciences. The group endeavours to provide a conduit for students and young professionals to engage in the ongoing activities in the space medicine sector; to optimise human health on Earth, low-Earth orbit and beyond. Moreover, we hope to incubate and support ideas from the next generation to solve today’s health challenges.
The Space Technologies for Earth Applications (STEA) Project Group (PG) aims to provide a global and interdisciplinary forum for students and young professionals with an interest in the application of space technologies for improvement of life on Earth.
Our vision is to identify how space technology can best contribute to the realization of the United Nation’s objectives on Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, the project group will be a platform for the diversity of peoples who make up the space sector in order to help shape its development to be representative of all humanity.
This Project Group follows the outcomes of the Space & Cybersecurity working group at the European Space Generation Workshop (ESGW) 2018, hosted in Bucharest, to emphasize the need to reflect on the nature of space and cybersecurity, what the priorities of governments and international institution should be, whether data should remain open source or limited in its availability, possible technical solutions to the challenges posed above, and the shape and origin of threats to cybersecurity in space.