"Gravity" in Real Life: Legal and Political Implications of an Accident in Space

When: Monday, December 9, 2013

Where: Root Room, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

Inspired by the recent box office hit and cinematic masterpiece, Gravity, please join Secure World Foundation (SWF) for a panel discussion and luncheon on Monday, December 9, 2013, from 12:00 - 2:00 PM, in the Root Room of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The event will look at the various legal, policy, political, and strategic implications of the scenario depicted in director Alfonso Cuarón's celebrated film Gravity and if such an accident in space were to occur in real life. Could such an accident really happen today? What is the real life threat of space debris as compared to that portrayed in the film? Legal issues to be discussed will include what the current international legal regime brings to this scenario and the difficulty of defining space debris, as highlighted by the recently published Guide to Space Law Terms published by SWF and the George Washington University's Space Policy Institute. What would be the political and strategic consequences in the international community? A brief history on anti-satellite (ASAT) programs, as well as the Chinese space station Tiangong, both of which featured prominently in the film, will be covered during the event as well. Finally, what is being done to address such a threat today, especially at the international level?


The discussion will be moderated by Ms. Victoria Samson, Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation.


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