It’s Europe, so of course no unanimity on ESA Zero Debris Charter’s relationship with future EU Space Law

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Space Agency’s Space Debris Charter, setting laudable and nonbonding goals for the mitigation of orbital debris, has been caught in Europe’s endless debate over which organization has what mandate.

Despite 18 months of lobbying and preparation, ESA on May 22 was able to secure the endorsement of just 12 of its 22 member states at the 11th Space Council of ESA and the European Commission, held in Brussels.

ESA Director-General Josef Aschbacher said other ESA members are . . .

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