More than 220 experts from worldwide have gathered at ESA's Space Operations Centre (ESOC) for the 4th European Conference on Space Debris, the world's largest event dedicated specifically to space debris and space environmental degradation.
The experts are in Darmstadt for three days, 18-20 April, to participate in the conference, which is organised by ESA and co-sponsored by ASI, BNSC, CNES, DLR, COSPAR and the IAA. The conference will be followed immediately by the 23rd meeting of the IADC (Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee).
Delegates will take part in three days of workshops, presentations and seminars that will facilitate the dissemination of the latest debris research. The conference aims to help define future directions for research, identify methods of debris control, reduction and protection and provide a forum to discuss policy issues, regulations and legal aspects.
The conference will also promote technical understanding and support discussions which are ongoing on a global level, such as within the IDAC, and at the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of UNCOPUOS, the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.