Future of Space

The Global Centre for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) envisions the Future of Space platform as a pioneering initiative aimed at advancing sustainable extraterrestrial exploration, technology development, and the utilization of space resources. This platform is designed to catalyze innovation in space technology, promote international cooperation in space exploration, and ensure the sustainable and ethical use of outer space resources.

Strategic Framework

  • Sustainable Space Exploration: Emphasizing the sustainable exploration of space, the platform advocates for practices that minimize space debris and ensure the long-term viability of extraterrestrial ecosystems. Adhering to guidelines from the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards on space operations, it fosters responsible exploration activities.

  • Space Technology Development: By leveraging advancements in propulsion, materials science, and robotics, the platform aims to enhance the capabilities of spacecraft and satellites. Collaborating with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), it supports the development of technologies that improve the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of space missions.

  • Utilization of Space Resources: The platform explores the ethical extraction and use of space resources, such as water from the moon or minerals from asteroids, to support future space missions and the possibility of human habitation on other planets. It aligns with the Outer Space Treaty and the Moon Agreement, promoting international cooperation and ensuring that space resources are used for the benefit of all humanity.

  • International Collaboration: Recognizing the importance of global collaboration in space exploration, the platform encourages partnerships among spacefaring nations, private industry, and international organizations. It supports initiatives like the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)'s guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities, fostering a collaborative approach to addressing challenges in space.

  • Space Governance and Policy: The Future of Space platform contributes to the development of comprehensive space governance frameworks and policies that address emerging challenges in space traffic management, satellite communication regulations, and the militarization of space. It engages with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to ensure that space activities are conducted in a safe, secure, and orderly manner.

Excellence and Compliance

The platform implements robust cybersecurity measures and compliance with web standards, as outlined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), to protect sensitive space mission data. Through continuous development and integration practices, it ensures that space technologies remain at the forefront of innovation, meeting the dynamic needs of the space industry.

Stakeholder Engagement

The Future of Space platform actively involves a wide range of stakeholders, including space agencies, commercial space companies, academic institutions, and civil society, to co-create solutions that advance space exploration and utilization. By leveraging GCRI's global network, it facilitates knowledge exchange, fosters innovation, and promotes the development of a sustainable and inclusive space ecosystem.

The GCRI’s Future of Space platform positions itself as a key facilitator in the realm of space exploration and utilization, driving forward the principles of sustainability, international cooperation, and innovation. Through its commitment to developing and implementing global standards, the platform aims to ensure that space remains a domain for peaceful exploration and shared human advancement, contributing significantly to the knowledge economy and the sustainable development of our planet and beyond.

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