Our Current Projects:
1. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Biosphere
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) were adopted by all UN member states in a global effort to create a better future for all. This new project focuses on investigating and identifying the ways in which the space industry can contribute to achieving the UNSDGs relating to the biosphere, including climate action and clean water efforts.
2. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Economy
This new project focuses on investigating and identifying the ways in which the space industry can contribute to achieving the UNSDGs relating to the economy, including reducing economic inequality and implementing sustainable production and consumption.
3. Space Environment
This project is a continuation of research from previous years. Health and the comfort of astronauts in space are of the utmost priority. The focus is to keep the astronauts alive, happy and healthy to be able to carry out their mission. This group will focus on space life sciences (from life support systems to psychology in space) and other scientific interests in a microgravity environment.
4. SSS Education and Outreach
SSS is a very active group focused on the safety and sustainability of space from the perspective of young people and outreach is required to share our research with the public. This group works to inform the public of SSS past, present and future projects, alongside other SSS initiatives like manuscripts and conferences.
The education series program aims to raise awareness of space safety and sustainability issues and acts as a starting point for young researchers wishing to enter this field. Two volumes of this series have been released; Space Situational Awareness and Space Weather: Effects on Space Missions. The team is currently preparing the third volume Space Safety featuring topics such as spacecraft risk assessment, space flight and operational safety and legal, policy and ethics.
5. SSS Essay Competition
Last year SSS ran a successful essay competition and we plan on doing it again in 2020. This project involves working on the organisation of an essay competition on subjects related to SSS goals: space safety and sustainability of outer space activities. The project will involve the engagement of our advisory board, as well as establishing new partnerships with public and private entities.