Developing Norms of Behaviors for Near Earth Space: Safety, Security, and Sustainability

When: Monday, April 12, 2021

Time: 12:00pm CT

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Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin and Program Lead of the Strauss Center's Space Security and Safety Program, joined the LBJ School for a conversation on developing norms of behavior for near earth space. This talk was co-sponsored by the Strauss Center and is tailored for students interested in learning more about space law and policy and the various opportunities at and beyond UT for this field of study.

Dr. Jah defined some key metrics including transparency, predictability, and accountability, and explain how these metrics can help to build a more equitable and safe space environment. Using relevant historical and current examples, Dr. Jah delineated how these metrics can help address some of the most pressing issues in space today. Dr. Jah also discussed how the space community can work to even out the knowledge disparities which exist among space actors in order to standardize practices among space actors, boosting space security and safety. The role of traditional ecological knowledge in space operations was discussed, as Dr. Jah highlighted the valuable lessons learned from this irreplaceable base of knowledge.

The talk concluded with a brief overview of the opportunities available at and beyond UT for students who would like to get involved in space law and policy.

Last updated on April 14, 2021