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OneWeb and SpaceX: Satellites

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL15161, tabled on 21 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the risks to low-earth-orbit spacecraft, following the reported near miss between a OneWeb Satellite and a SpaceX satellite in April.

Answered on

28 April 2021

The UK is committed to ensure increasing level of commercial activity in space is carried out sustainably. We are working with industry to develop regulatory frameworks that promote safety and helping to facilitate international consensus on responsible behaviours in space.

Alongside our partners from the space sector, the Government are working with the UN and the European Space Agency to improve sustainability guidelines and to develop new ways of reducing the risk of collisions in space and removing space debris and have raised space sustainability as an issue for discussion at this year’s G7 meeting.

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy