2When looking up at the night sky, one is instantly humbled by the vastness of outer space. Outer3space is an undiscovered mystery but also a tool to learn more about our home, Earth. The 4space industry feeds the economy with new innovations that improve our everyday lives and 5solve issues faced by the whole of mankind. The benefits of international cooperation have time 6and time again been exemplified by common achievements within this industry, such as the 7running of the International Space Station. Access to space needs to be safeguarded from the 8threats of pollution and poor competence provision. Furthermore, with outdated legislation and 9treaties that create confusion regarding ownership and sovereignty in outer space, the risk 10conflict escalates. This is further spurred on by diminishing international cooperation. Space 11exploration has inspired generations, and space must be cared for in order to continue doing so 12in the future.
13Therefore, 14Deeply alarmed by the increasing quantity of space debris in orbit that disturbs the vision of
14Deeply alarmed by the increasing quantity of space debris in orbit that disturbs the vision of15telescopes, damages and decreases lifespan of satellites, and threatens the safety of 16spacecrafts due to a heightened risk of puncture,
17Recognises the practice of asteroid mining has the potential to generate substantial amounts of18wealth,
19Noting that the economic profits gained from practising asteroid mining gives private companies20reason to invest in space technology,
21Fully aware that the uncertainty of ownership of celestial bodies and their resources might cause22armed conflicts,
23Noting with deep concern the risks involved for third party countries that result from using kinetic24weapons in outer space,
25Recognises that the previous lack of cooperation between private companies and government26space agencies has resulted in space programmes with inefficient use of human and financial 27capital,
28Bearing in mind the high financial costs in undertaking space research,
29Taking into account the limited public funding in the field of space exploration, threatening30European research facilities’ ability to compete in a global context,
31Keeping in mind the consequences that weakened competition might impose, such as the32unintentional monopolisation of access to celestial bodies and outer space,
33Aware of how lacking competence threatens the future of space research and development,
34Reaffirming the benefits that come with space research and exploration in the form of civil35applications of developed technologies, such as new industries and technology,
36Underlining the public interest in space exploration and technology,
37Emphasising that space exploration inspires future generations to work within the realm of38science;
39LYMEC calls for; 1.
39LYMEC calls for;
1.40The European Space Agency to increasingly use private-public partnerships in order to 41reduce costs and accelerate the development of the European space industry;
2.42The EU to increase their contribution to the European Space Agency’s budget;
3.43The International Space Exploration Coordination Group to include commercial actors to 44a greater extent in order to increase transparency and synergy between the public and 45private sectors;
4.46The United Nations Space Committee to ban the use of conventional weapons in outer 47space;
5.48More interaction between young people and the space industry to ensure the provision of 49skills and continued public interest in space;
6.50The United Nations Space Committee:
1.51to reevaluate the “Outer Space Treaty” of 1967 with the purpose of modernising 52and clarifying the role of commercial actors in space exploration,
2.53to open a dialogue on the allocation of resources generated by mining on celestial 54bodies;
7.55Tougher legislation on the destruction of retired satellites and other artificial objects in 56orbit, for example:
1.57the implementation of mandatory and fail-safe deorbitation systems,
2.58the introduction of shorter periods before mandatory self-destruction,
3.59the establishment of incentives for actors that remove large objects from the 60Earth's orbit;
8.61The European Commission to encourage and facilitate research and development of 62technologies and methods that seek to reduce Kessler syndrome, through programmes 63such as Horizon Europe.
Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Autumn Congress 08 - 09 November 2019.