The International Institute of Space Law (IISL) notes with great satisfaction that the cooperative initiative between the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) to develop comprehensive approaches and proposals for Space Traffic Management (STM) set forth in 2018 has been successfully concluded and shall constitute a reference document on STM (Executive Summary here).
The goal of the initiative was to produce a joint, collaborative document, which would assist the decision-makers on national and international level, to promote the safe use of outer space and identify areas in which actions are needed.
During a joint special session at the IAC in Paris on 17 September 2022, the Report was endorsed by the Presidents of the three organisations IISL (Kai-Uwe Schrogl), IAA (John Schumacher) and IAF (Pascale Ehrenfreund). At this event, Maruska Strah, Co-Chair of the IISL Space Traffic Management Working Group, emphasized the importance of the interdisciplinary, collaborative work between experts in technical and legal aspects of STM, which must go hand-in-hand. Among key recommendations of the document is to encourage states to adopt standards to promote some level of harmonization in terms of safety measures.
IISL recognizes that the subject of STM will continue to evolve. The Institute will continue supporting and working with the IAF and IAA on the topic, providing the necessary legal and policy expertise relevant to STM.
Special thanks go to Diane Howard, former IISL STM Working Group Chair for her contributions to this initiative and to Tanja Masson-Zwaan and Maruška Strah for the coordination of the IISL contribution to the final document, to which over 130 members from the IAA, IAF and IISL contributed over the course of four years.