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Rick Ambrose: Lockheed to Submit Satellites to Space Sustainability Rating Scheme

Rick Ambrose: Lockheed to Submit Satellites to Space Sustainability Rating Scheme - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Rick Ambrose: Lockheed to Submit Satellites to Space Sustainability Rating Scheme - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Rick Ambrose

Rick Ambrose, executive vice president for space business at Lockheed Martin, said the company has volunteered its satellites for World Economic Forum's “space sustainability“ rating system, Breaking Defense reported Thursday.

The rating scheme seeks to demonstrate how satellites and other spacecraft comply with debris mitigation operations and other best practices in low-Earth orbit. It will use publicly available information on satellites and data from operators.

“It's a real serious issue with debris,“ Ambrose, a 2019 Wash100 winner, told reporters at the Paris Air Show. “So, I think there are going to have to be some multinational policies“ for how the industry operates in space.

He noted that rules should be in place to prevent potential space hazards by directing satellite operators to de-orbit at the end of their spacecraft's lifecycle.

“If we want to have a robust economy in low Earth orbit “¦ we've got to deal with [debris] mitigation,“ he added.

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